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Man accused of killing Columbus woman refuses to appear in court

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:28

COLUMBUS -- Accused killer Anthony Pardon refused to appear in court Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing, accusing the county's prosecutor of creating a "sideshow" and indicating he didn't want to be "paraded" in front of news cameras, according to his attorneys.

Pardon, a convicted sex offender, is accused of entering a Columbus woman's apartment in late January and kidnapping, robbing, raping and fatally stabbing her.

An autopsy report released last week showed 24-year old Rachael Anderson was strangled and stabbed in the neck and head. Pardon was under the watch of the state Adult Parole Authority at the time of the crime.

Tuesday's proceeding continued without Pardon, who is accused in the January 28 murder of Anderson.

If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

"The courtroom is open to the public and the media... and we can't close that down. We can't stop that," Pardon's defense attorney, Larry Thomas told reporters outside the courtroom. "He doesn't want it to be a situation where is just paraded in front of cameras for no reason."

When pressed about the fact that Pardon's murder charge is a high-profile case that has received a lot of media coverage before today's proceeding, Thomas said: "And that's why he doesn't want to be paraded in front of the cameras, because over there I guess they see a lot," Thomas said referring to the jail where Pardon has been held since February 9th.

At one point during Tuesday's hearing, Judge Stephen McIntosh, his court reporter, prosecutors and Pardon's defense attorneys all left the courtroom to go visit Pardon in his holding cell. Pardon still refused to participate in the hearing following that meeting.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien denied he was creating a "sideshow" or that he had asked the victim's friends or reporters to attend the hearing. He said the judge made it clear the courtroom is open to the public: "That is something the judge said is going to continue throughout these court proceedings. The media and the victim's family, rightfully, will be observing what happens in this vicious and terrible murder."

Pardon, who spent nearly 25 years in an Ohio prison for attempted murder and rape following a 1982 conviction in Columbus, spent the past 9 years in prison in Georgia following a 2008 conviction forgery and failing to register as a sex offender. When he returned to Ohio in June of 2017 as part of a prisoner-exchange program known as the Interstate Compact, Pardon was to serve out his probation in Ohio.

A Georgia judge had ordered that Pardon serve out his probation and "wear an ankle monitor and pay for all expenses," according to court records obtained by 10 Investigates. But according to additional interstate compact documents obtained by 10 Investigates through an open records request, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction indicated that it could not comply with Georgia's request to place an ankle monitor on Pardon because of the "length of time and the expense issue."

ODRC has not explained what it meant by the "expense issue."

10 Investigates has also requested documents related to the details of how Pardon was supervised by the state's Adult Parole Authority, but those records requests were denied.

10 Investigates also obtained an internal email from the deputy director of the Interstate Compact within Ohio. In the email, which is dated February 9, 2018 - the same day Pardon was arrested - Suzanne Brooks wrote to a colleague: "It's been a rough week in the Interstate Compact."

Angela Williams, who described herself as Rachael Anderson's best friend, said that she drove three hours from their hometown of Warren, Ohio to Columbus in hopes of seeing the man accused of killing her best friend.

She did not get that chance when Pardon refused to participate in Tuesday's hearing.

"I was angry, disappointed, I was hurt," Angela Williams told 10 Investigates. "I feel like he was a coward."

Another hearing date was set for July 30. Thomas indicated that he would try to get his client to participate in hearings going forward.

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Family of boy allegedly molested by mental health worker plans lawsuit

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:16

Thirty-three-year-old Matthew Gatton has now been indicted on nine counts of Gross Sexual Imposition.

Westerville Police say he admitted to touching the penis of an 11-year-old boy between 20 and 50 times. And that family's attorney says a system-wide failure is to blame.

Gatton was a mental health worker employed by OhioGuidestone since August of 2016, and the boy he's accused of molesting was a client.

"You're hoping that they've done their homework on these people," said the father of the boy.

We shared with the family the findings of our investigation showing concerns about Gatton and children stretch back at least five years.

"It should have been stopped years ago, and I want to know why it wasn't!" said his mother.

"We think this is a system failure all along the way," said Mike Rourke, the attorney representing the family.

He says multiple parties and agencies could have and should have done more to stop Gatton along the way.

As 10TV uncovered, Vineyard Columbus church says approximately five years ago, Gatton was a volunteer with their kids' ministry.

He was asked to leave after complaints by parents that he was behaving inappropriately.

Vineyard says it flagged Gatton in its internal system as unsuitable to work with children, but did not notify police.

"I really think that Vineyard dropped the ball by not getting this information out. They apparently did the right thing internally, and he left, but they didn't do anything external," said Rourke. "If this guy wasn't good enough to work with kids at the Vineyard in 2012-13, why in the heck is he good enough to work with kids somewhere else?"

In 2016, a family member reported Gatton to Columbus Police for allegedly molesting a seven-year-old. That report is a public record.

Prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence to charge him.

That same year, he resigned under threat of termination from Ventures Academy in Delaware County, a program of the Educational Service Center.

His personnel file, a public record, lists repeated complaints of Gatton "allowing a student to sit in his lap, and allowing a student to put his head in his lap."

ESC reported Gatton to the Ohio Department of Education in February 2016.

More than two years later, ODE has taken no action against Gatton.

In the meantime, he went to work for OhioGuidestone, and was placed in the home of the 11-year-old boy he's accused of abusing.

Rourke believes there are more victims, and more parties than Matthew Gatton to blame.

"So this smoke was swirling since at least 2012. And multiple times he was terminated or forced out. And what's causing us some concern there is we want to help the system. And it seems like the system failed my client," said Rourke.

OhioGuidestone has not responded to interview requests but points out Gatton had no criminal history when he was hired.

Vineyard Columbus says its concerns with Gatton were about his behavior with children but did not amount to abuse of children.

Westerville Police says their investigation is continuing.

Rourke says the alleged victim's family is planning a lawsuit.

Both say they want to hear from any other potential victims or witnesses.

Matthew Gatton has pleaded not guilty.

He posted bond and was released from jail Monday night.

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Police: Thieves targeting vehicles in Dublin

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:15

Police in Dublin are urging people to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables after a recent series of car break-ins.

Police said between Friday night and Monday morning, about 20 people reported thieves gained access to their vehicles and stole anything of value. Police said at least half the victims left their vehicles unlocked.

In other cases, thieves smashed windows to gain access. The crimes occurred in the areas of Baronscourt Way and Baronscourt Loop, Traquair Place, Royal Plume Drive, and the 54-hundred block of Avery Road.

Police said despite the recent series of vehicle break-ins, it appears people living in Dublin are growing more vigilant about protecting their property.

Police said so far this year, thefts from vehicles are down 45 percent. Police say in 2018, officers have arrested about 10 people for breaking into cars, and say in most cases, the suspects were funding a drug addiction.

"We've seen time and time again, there are people right now, I can tell you, they get up in the morning and their number one job is to go out and steal enough things so they can pay for their drugs for that day," said Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg.

He said thieves will even target loose change.

"They spend their entire night taking change out of ashtrays and cup holders and they've told us they can make $50 to $150 dollars just collecting change," said Chief von Eckartsberg.

He said police encourage vehicle owners to lock up, remove all valuables, and if you park on the street or in your driveway, be sure to remove garage door openers that could ultimately give crooks access to your home.

"The number one, simplest thing you can do to prevent yourself from being a victim of crime is just don't leave anything in your car that can be seen," said Chief von Eckartsberg.

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DHL to cut 260 jobs, close Groveport plant

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:52

GROVEPORT -- DHL Supply chain will be terminating 260 jobs as it closes its Spiegel Drive plant in Groveport in July.

A WARN Notice dated May 24 sent to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services stated that the action would take place July 14 and the entire plant would be closed.

The letter was stamped as received at 9 a.m. June 19.

According to the letter, the plant employs 199 forklift operators as the main task.

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Ohio State men’s basketball releases 2018-19 non-conference schedule

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:25

Ohio State men’s basketball has released the non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Four of Ohio State’s 2018 non-conference opponents played in the NCAA Tournament last season.

The Buckeyes will open the regular season on the road against in-state rival Cincinnati.

The November 23 game against Cleveland State will be played at St. John’s Arena for the Buckeye Basketball Classic.

This year's Big Ten/ACC Challenge will see the Buckeyes host Syracuse.

For the 2018-19 season, the Big Ten Conference schedule has been expanded to 20 regular-season games.

Ohio State non-conference schedule

November

1 UNC Pembroke (exhibition)

7 at Cincinnati

11 Purdue University Fort Wayne

15 at Creighton

18 South Carolina State

20 Samford

23 Cleveland State (St. John Arena)

28 Syracuse

December

15 Bucknell

18 Youngstown State

22 vs. UCLA (United Center – Chicago)

29 High Point

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Ohio lawmaker wants seat belts in all school buses by 2019

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:19

There is growing interest among other states in requiring seat belts on school buses.

In 2017, at least 29 states introduced bills to address the issue. Ohio is joining the ranks.

On Tuesday State Representative John Barnes (D-Cleveland), introduced House Bill 680 that would require all passenger seats on school buses to be equipped with "occupant restraining devices" beginning on July 1, 2019.

"We have a responsibility that the vehicle that they are traveling in that they have every proper safety apparatus that is known to the industry that will ensure their safety," says Representative Barnes.

In 2015, the National Transportation Safety Administration recommended that all buses be equipped with seat belts, but districts were not required to make the change.

Safety experts have long maintained that school buses, by design, are safe without seatbelts. It's been debated that school buses are heavy and distribute the impact of a crash differently than any other vehicle and that the interior of the school buses is cushioned and designed to keep kids in.

Many also have said they worry that if school buses have seat belts, children could be trapped inside in the event there was a crash.

Dublin City Schools says it's been looking into the issue and says it found that to retrofit one bus with seatbelts could cost between $7,000 and $10,000.

Representative Barnes says if Ohio passed a school bus seat belt law it would require school buses to make it standard equipment.

10TV contacted one of the nation's largest school bus manufacturers, Bluebird Corporation, It says: "Blue Bird offers a solution for new buses called Blue Bird NextGen Seats, which easily converts a bus from one seat type to another by simply removing and reinstalling four bolts. It's available in multiple seat configurations - lap-belt ready, three-point seat belt, child restraint, and three-point child restraint."

In May of this year, A federal transportation panel is recommended to states that all new large school buses be equipped with seatbelts. But the recommendation is not binding and states have the power not to comply.

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Biden to visit Ohio to raise money for governor candidate

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:46
CINCINNATI (AP) - Former Vice President Joe Biden will visit Ohio this month to raise money for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray.

A Cordray campaign spokesman says Biden will appear June 29 at the Queen City Club in downtown Cincinnati.

Biden endorsed Cordray after he won the nomination last month and touted Cordray's work at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he was appointed director by President Barack Obama. He called Cordray "smart, principled, pragmatic, and a fighter."

Cordray and his running mate, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, face a Republican ticket of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and running mate Jon Husted, Ohio's secretary of state.

The race is among those being closely watched nationally.
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Former Ohio teacher sentenced to 30 days in jail for having sex with 3 students

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:30

CANTON, OH (WOIO) - Former Canton McKinley High School teacher, Tiffany Eichler, 37, was sentenced for her participation in sex acts with three male students.

According to police, Eichler had sex with the students for a two-month period between January and March 8, 2018.

The full sentence includes:

  • 30 days in the Stark County Jail
  • 30 half days at the jail - after the first 30 is completed.
  • 300 hours of community service
  • 3 years probation
  • She must also register as a Tier 3 sex offender for the rest of her life
  • Give up her teaching license
  • Pay for the boys counseling
  • Pay a $1000 fine and write an apology

​​Eichler came forward and confessed to the claims after she was reportedly blackmailed by a family member of one of the students.

The teacher and students told officials they used social media apps like Snapchat to talk.

According to Canton police, Eichler had sexual relations with a student in her office after school.

Another student told Canton police that Eichler picked him up near his home in February during parent-teacher conferences and drove to a park to have sex.

Eichler resigned from Canton McKinley in April but she won't return to the classroom at all, after getting her teaching license revoked.

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US poised to announce exit from UN human rights council

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to announce Tuesday its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will deliver the verdict on the U.N. Human Rights Council in a joint appearance at the State Department, according to four officials familiar with the matter.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly preview the decision, the specifics of which are to be laid out by Haley.

Haley threatened the pull-out last year, citing longstanding U.S. complaints that the 47-member council is biased against Israel. But the announcement will also come just a day after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents.

The move extends a broader Trump administration pattern of stepping back from international agreements and forums under the president's "America First" policy.

Although numerous officials have said repeatedly that "America First does not mean America Alone," the administration has retreated from multiple multilateral accords and consensuses since it took office.

Since Jan. 2017, it has announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, left the U.N. educational and cultural organization and pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. Other contentious moves have included slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum against key trading partners, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. Embassy to the holy city from Tel Aviv.

Haley has been the driving force behind withdrawing from the human rights body, which would be unprecedented in the 12-year history of the council. No country has ever dropped out voluntarily. Libya was kicked out seven years ago.

The move could reinforce the perception that the Trump administration is seeking to advance Israel's agenda on the world stage, just as it prepares to unveil its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan despite Palestinian outrage over the embassy relocation. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is visiting the Middle East this week as the White House works to lay the groundwork for unveiling the plan.

Last year, Haley warned the Geneva-based council that the U.S. would withdraw if it did not end its systematic scrutiny of Israel and alleged Israeli rights abuses against Palestinians.

She denounced the council as a "forum for politics, hypocrisy and evasion" and accused member countries such as Venezuela, Cuba, China, Burundi and Saudi Arabia of failing to fulfill their duties to "uphold the highest standards" of human rights, while emphasizing what she said was the council's anti-Israel bias.

Since last year, Haley's office has also pushed the council and its chief not to publish a U.N. database of companies operating in West Bank settlements, a so-called blacklist that Israel is concerned could drive companies away and cast a further pall over its presence in the Palestinian-claimed West Bank.

Israel is the only country in the world whose rights record comes up for discussion at every council session, under "Item 7" on the agenda. Item 7 on "Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories" has been part of the council's regular business almost as long as it has existed.

The officials said the administration had concluded that its efforts to promote reform on the council had failed and that withdrawal was the only step it could take to demonstrate its seriousness. It was not immediately clear if the U.S. would remain a non-voting observer on the council.

A full pullout by the U.S. would leave the council without one of its traditional defenders of human rights. In recent months, the United States has participated in attempts to pinpoint rights violations in places like South Sudan, Congo and Cambodia.

Reaction to the anticipated move from human rights advocates was swift.

"The Trump administration's withdrawal is a sad reflection of its one-dimensional human rights policy: Defending Israeli abuses from criticism takes precedence above all else," said Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch.

"All Trump seems to care about is defending Israel," he said, adding that it would be up to the remaining members to ensure that the council addresses serious abuses.

There are 47 countries in the Human Rights Council, elected by the U.N.'s General Assembly with a specific number of seats allocated for each region of the globe. Members serve for three-year terms and can serve only two terms in a row.

The United States has opted to stay out of the Human Rights Council before: The administration of President George W. Bush decided against seeking membership when the council was created in 2006. The U.S. joined the body only in 2009 under President Barack Obama.

A pullout could be largely symbolic: The United States' current term on the council ends next year, when it could revert to the observer status held by other countries that are not members. In that situation, the U.S. would be able to speak out on rights abuses, but not to vote.

A key question will be where a U.S. pullout would leave Israel if its biggest and most powerful defender abandons its voting rights or drops out of the council altogether.

The State Department's website says protection of fundamental human rights was a "foundation stone" for the United States' creation over two centuries ago and that promoting respect for human rights since has been a "central goal" of U.S. foreign policy.

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Police investigating after body found in parking lot in Licking County

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:59

LICKING COUNTY -- The Licking County Sheriff Office is investigating after a body was found in a parking lot.

Deputies received a call Tuesday around 12:30 p.m. that a body was in a parking lot off of Milldam Road just east of State Route 79 in Buckeye Lake.

Investigators are not sure how long the body was in the area. A missing report was not filed.

Authorities say there are no apparent signs of foul play. The victim's identity is being withheld until relatives are notified.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com for updates on this developing story.

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In death, Otto Warmbier stands tall in North Korea relations

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:43

CINCINNATI (AP) — Otto Warmbier's legacy is still being written a year after his death.

The 22-year-old U.S. college student who died in a vegetative state in a Cincinnati hospital days after his release from North Korea is being remembered prominently during a dramatic shift in U.S.-North Korean relations.

President Donald Trump said the death of the "very special person" galvanized determination to deal with North Korea, leading to his history-making summit this month with Kim Jong Un. Trump said in Singapore that Warmbier "did not die in vain."

Parents Fred and Cindy Warmbier, of suburban Cincinnati, expressed appreciation for Trump's comments and have said they hope "something positive" comes from the summit. "We are proud of Otto and miss him," their statement said.

Otto's parents "are trying to take their grief and channel it into very constructive ways" to raise awareness of human rights in North Korea and of "violations that occurred there, including against their own son," U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, a Cincinnati-area Republican who has kept in touch with the family since their ordeal began, told reporters this month.

North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat, Trump has said, while not offering details on how or when weapons might be eliminated or even reduced.

The Warmbiers have spoken out repeatedly about North Korea's treatment of Otto during his 17-plus months of captivity and filed a wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea in April, saying its government tortured and killed their son. They have said they want to hold North Korea accountable for their "barbaric treatment" of their son.

During a United Nations symposium in May, Cindy Warmbier said that the family will keep speaking out about human rights violations to publicly "rub their noses in this ."

Portman said the Warmbiers are happy for the families of three American detainees North Korea freed ahead of the summit.

"Of course, we all wish that Otto had been one of them ... Coming home healthy, and that he was still with us," Portman said.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student visiting with a tour group, was arrested by North Korean authorities in January 2016 on suspicion of stealing a propaganda poster and was sentenced in March that year to 15 years in prison with hard labor after making a lengthy televised confession and appeal for mercy. He disappeared from public view after that, but then was released and arrived in Cincinnati on June 13, 2017.

He died on June 19.

Doctors in Cincinnati said he had suffered severe brain damage, although they weren't sure what led up to it. North Korea denied torturing him, saying he fell into a coma that resulted from botulism and a sleeping pill.

Fred Warmbier last year recounted to Fox News the condition Otto's parents received him in: making an "involuntary, inhuman sound," ''staring blankly into space jerking violently," and was blind and deaf, with his head shaved. Trump tweeted afterward : "Otto was tortured beyond belief by North Korea."

The Warmbiers attended the president's State of the Union address, where Trump paid tribute to them as "powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world."

Last Friday, asked by a reporter why he didn't criticize North Korea's human rights violations during the summit after having spoken so passionately about Otto, the Republican president replied: "You know why, because I don't want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family ... I want to have a good relationship with North Korea."

Portman has expressed caution, saying there need to be ways to verify North Korea does what it says it will. He recalled that when Otto returned home, it became clear that the "regime had lied to us about his condition. ... We have to be vigilant about the regime and the nature of the regime."

But he said he supported having talks, telling reporters last week that had there been direct U.S. dialogue with North Korea after Warmbier's arrest, better communication could "perhaps even been able to save his life."

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John McCain slams family separation policy as an "affront" to American decency

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:23

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, lashed out against the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy which has sparked widespread outcry over the treatment of children of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. McCain, who is at his home in Arizona where he is receiving treatment related to his brain cancer diagnosis, tweeted that the administration's policy should be rescinded immediately.

"The administration's current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded," McCain, a frequent Trump critic, wrote.

He added, "The administration has the power to rescind this policy. It should do so now."

The administration’s current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded. The administration has the power to rescind this policy. It should do so now.

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 18, 2018

McCain is the latest Republican to part with the president and the party on the policy that is at the root of a nationwide debate over immigration and the country's handling of children in federal custody. Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday that the policy was a "hot mess" and blamed "prior administrations and prior congresses." Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement that the "time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separations of families" saying it's "not consistent with our values."

Meanwhile, fellow Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake did not outright condemn the practice of family separation, but he wrote a letter with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, demanding answers from Homeland Security and Health and Human Services as to how they are ensuring the "safety and security of young children" at the border.

On Monday, senior administration officials, including Mr. Trump himself, defended the controversial policy. Both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen put the responsibility on Congress to find a fix to the nation's immigration issues. The two Cabinet members also claimed that children in government detention centers are being well taken care of, despite troubling images of kids in caged enclosures circulating online.

Mr. Trump meanwhile once again blamed Democrats for the policy and defended the practice by saying the "U.S. will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility."

The president said that if Democrats would "sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly" with regards to immigration legislation.

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Dogs just want to have fun too, right?

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:28

Jerry Gordon just had to share what he captures, his dog Baxter playing in the pool.

While most of his Facebook profile is set to private, he made public a post of his dog Baxter bounding through a pool on a hot spring day.

Baxter frolics right up until he notices Jerry watching. Then freezes, stalks to the side of the pool and gets out. He then barks because Jerry ruined the fun and he clearly did not want to be an internet sensation.

Jerry posted a few days later he couldn't believe that Baxter had been seen more than 18 million times.

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Dad's video of toddler climbing up "locked" pool ladder goes viral

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:36

ATTLEBORO, Mass. -- A dad from Attleboro, Massachusetts is using a video of his 2-year-old son to give other parents a warning. Keith Wyman's video of his son, Cody, shows just how easy it is for kids to get into pools by themselves -- even when there are seemingly child-safe measures in place. In Wyman's case, a pool ladder with a locked cover was no impediment for a determined toddler.

"So, I bought this ladder with the pool. And I'm watching my son, with it locked and shut, pull himself up this ladder," Wyman can be heard saying off-camera as his son hoists himself up towards the rim of an above-ground pool. The toddler is still in diapers, but isn't too small to get up a ladder that is meant to prevent kids from climbing.

"Whose big idea was it to have this door put on a ladder with slots like that, with a 2-year-old that can pull himself up and climb this thing?" Wyman says.

Just as Cody reaches the top, Wyman's wife, Tonya Sostre, grabs their son before he can make it into the pool.

Cody's parents say he has climbed up the ladder before, and they took the video as documentation to show others how dangerous it could be. They returned the ladder and are are now pushing the manufacturer to consider a design change, CBS Baltimore station WJZ reports.

The video went viral online, and as the weather gets hotter, pool safety for kids is at the forefront of many parents' minds.

Earlier this month, Olympic skiier Bode Miller lost his 19-month-old daughter,Emeline, when she drowned in a pool. Miller's wife, Morgan Beck, was at a friend's house with Emeline when the accident occurred. Beck says she saw her daughter one minute, and the next, she lost track of her. She then found Emeline in the pool.

Responding paramedics found the baby unresponsive. They tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the girl and she was rushed to an emergency room and was declared dead.

Wyman's video is another example of how quickly and easily kids can get themselves into dangerous situations.

"You could do all these things, safety precautions, but your eyes, you have to keep them on [your kids] at all times," Sostre said.

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Bill Gross' ex-wife says billionaire left dead fish in air vent

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:42

Bill Gross' 32-year marriage legally ended in October, but the nastiness that came with the billionaire hedge fund manager's divorce continues unabated.

Sue Gross won a temporary restraining order against Gross last week, alleging in court documents filed in Los Angeles state court that he'd spent nearly $1 million over nine months to have a security company photograph and videotape her moves. She also claimed that Gross sent security personnel to the homes of her siblings and other family members to intimidate and harass them.

Bill Gross, a billionaire known in investment circles as the "bond king," founded Pacific Investment Management Company, or PIMCO, more than four decades ago, before abruptly resigning in 2014.

The court filings also allege that he left the couple's $36 million Laguna Beach, California, mansion in "utter chaos and disrepair." That include damaged artwork, stained carpets, water damage, balls of human hair in drawers and foul smells that apparently came from spray bottles found in the garbage and labeled with unappetizing smells including "barf," according to the suit.

In the public documents, she described her longtime partner as a "cruel, vengeful and vindictive man with practically limitless financial resources."

Since September 2017, Bill Gross "has engaged in the unmitigated harassment and intimidation of Sue, her family and friends," according to the court filings obtained by CBS MoneyWatch, which contend Bill Gross' hired help conducted nonstop surveillance of his former spouse and extended family and friends.

Calling the situation an "unmitigated nightmare," Sue Gross wrote in the papers that she was "mortified that my loved ones have been subjected to harassment."

Bill Gross did not return an emailed request for comment. Janus Henderson Investors, where he works as a portfolio manager, also did not return requests for comment. Empire Intelligence, the security firm allegedly hired by Bill Gross, did not respond to requests for comment.

A court hearing on the restraining order is set for July 3.

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123 Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:24

LANSING, Mich. — A letter signed by 123 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday urged Michigan State University's governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he has reinforced a "culture of abuse" at the school.

The women and girls issued their joint statement three days before the board of trustees' next meeting and after a week in which demands for Engler's resignation reached a fever pitch.

Engler, who served as the state's Republican governor from 1991 through 2002, has resisted pressure to step down. He took over on an interim basis in February after the previous president resigned amid fallout from the Nassar scandal. Media outlets last week reported that he sent emails to another university official in April criticizing lawyers for Nassar's sexual assault victims and suggesting the first woman to go public with her accusations was probably getting a "kickback" from her attorney.

Among those who signed the letter are Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Aly Raisman, and Rachael Denhollander, a former gymnast who has been one of the most vocal critics of Engler.

In their lengthy written statement, the 120 "sister survivors" said they stand together against "character attacks" and that Engler "has only reinforced the culture of abuse at MSU." Current and future victims of sexual abuse "should know they can raise their voice without being characterized as pawns too foolish to know they are manipulated," they said.

"There is no debate: President Engler has failed miserably," they said in the letter. "Nothing at MSU - none of the mindsets that allowed Larry Nassar to abuse children for decades - have changed. Therefore, it is our position that MSU cannot move forward and become an institution of integrity and safety until John Engler is no longer president."

Two of the university's publicly elected trustees, Democrats Brian Mosallam and Dianne Byrum , have called for Engler to resign. A portion of the statement is directed at the six other trustees, four Republicans and two Democrats, asking them to "stand for what is right."

"I applaud the sister survivors' statement this morning," Mosallam said Tuesday. "MSU will not be able to heal until John Engler is gone from our campus. Bluster may work in Lansing, but this is East Lansing, and in this town, we treat each other with respect and dignity — especially survivors of sexual abuse."

Byrum also commended the survivors' statement and agreed Engler "is the wrong person to lead MSU forward."

The Associated Press has reached out seeking comment from Michigan State spokeswoman Emily Guerrant and trustees Melanie Foster, Brian Breslin, Mitch Lyons, Joel Ferguson, George Perles and Dan Kelly.

Trustees hired Engler after Lou Anna Simon resigned in January over the Nassar scandal. Nassar was fired from Michigan State in 2016, two years after he became the subject of a sexual assault investigation.

Under Engler's tenure, Michigan State has agreed to a $500 million settlement with 332 women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by Nassar, a former campus sports doctor who also worked with the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. Nassar now is in prison. Of that, $75 million will cover future claims.

"We stood against our abuser. We stood against an abusive culture. Now we are asking you to stand against it too and lead MSU forward into real change," the letter said in its conclusion.

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Associated Press writer Dave Eggert in Lansing, Michigan, and AP sports writer Larry Lage in Ann Arbor, Michigan, contributed to this report.

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Lawmaker reintroduces the all-American Flag Act

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:09

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - An Ohio lawmaker is hoping to change the way the U.S. government buys American flags.

The current law states that any American flag purchased by the government must be at least 50 percent made in the USA.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, in a re-election year, is hoping to change that.

On Monday morning, from the U.S.S. Cod in downtown Cleveland, Brown announced the All-American Flag Act.

The legislation would require flags purchased by the government to be 100 percent American made, with 100 percent American materials.

"Our bill has passed, unanimously, twice in the Senate," Brown said. "For whatever reason the House of Representative has refused to take the bill up. We are reintroducing it, we want to see it go this time."

Whether it's flags or cars, the way to check if something is "Made in America" is extremely confusing and difficult.

According to the American Manufactures Association there are several categories:

  • "Made in the USA": Only has to be 75 percent made in this country. That number is set by the Federal Trade Commission.
  • "Made in USA of U.S. and Imported Parts": This could be something like 60 percent or less American made or parts.
  • "Assembled in USA": This is what's known as screwdriver assembly, meaning none of the parts may have come from the U.S but it was assembled in this country.
  • "Made in USA, Product of USA": This is the only way something has been certified as 100 percent made in the US of US materials as certified by a company known as CERTIFIED.
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Burned skeletal remains on ranch believed to be missing Texas couple and son, 5

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 07:14

ANGLETON, Texas -- The burned skeletal remains of three people have been found on a Southeast Texas ranch and Texas Department of Public Safety authorities believe they are a man, woman and their 5-year-old son who have been missing for a week. Wharton County sheriff's authorities say a 36-year-old man, Robert Satterfield, is charged with murder for the deaths. Satterfield, who already was in custody in neighboring Fort Bend County, led officials to the site.

Satterfield, reportedly a family acquaintance, was discovered Thursday driving the car of missing 24-year-old Maya Rivera. She, her boyfriend, 28-year-old Rayshawn Hudson, and their 5-year-old son, Rayshawn Jr., were reported missing last week. She was last seen June 10. The family lived in Angleton, just south of Houston.

Forensic investigators determined the remains were consistent of those of an adult and child, and deputies said based on witnesses' statements, it is believed to be the remains of the family, reports CBS affiliate KHOU. Investigators said the remains are unidentifiable at this point because someone tried to dispose of the bodies by burning them.

Authorities haven't said how or when the family was killed or offered a possible motive. The property where the remains were found is about 50 miles from the slain family's home, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Frances Rivera, Maya Rivera's mother, told the paper she grew worried last week when the family didn't show up to celebrate Rayshawn's Jr.'s fifth birthday, for which they had planned a party in the park with cake and ice cream.

She told the paper she tries not to think of the "whys and whens" of their deaths. She said she hopes to bury the three together once the remains are officially identified.

"My heart hurts so deep. But I can find some sense of peace knowing all 3 of them together now are with God," Rivera wrote in a Facebook post Sunday. "I ask myself why? If only they had. ... but that doesn't do any good. It will not change anything."

Satterfield has a bond of $100,000 for each charge. Deputies said these charges may be upgraded to a capital offense after the case is submitted to the District Attorney's Office.

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Once named after a Confederate general, a Virginia elementary school now will honor Obama

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 06:43

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia school board has decided to rename an elementary school to honor a former President rather than a Confederate general.

CBS 6 reports, in a six to one vote, Monday night the Richmond Public School board voted to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary to Barack Obama Elementary School.

Ideas for the name of the school was submitted by staff, students, parents and community members.

The name Barack Obama Elementary School was chosen out of seven finalists including Barbara Johns, Oliver Hill, and Henry Marsh. Many of them represented African-American civil rights leaders.

#BREAKING #RPSBoard votes to rename JEB Stuart Elementary as @BarackObama Elementary School - students helped choose out of 7 finalists. Vote was not unanimous 6-1 @CBS6 pic.twitter.com/cpm9iKnmZH

— Brendan King CBS 6 (@ImBrendanKing) June 19, 2018

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'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

Channel 10 news - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 06:39

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility took center stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

"Papa! Papa!" one child is heard weeping in the audio file that was first reported by the nonprofit ProPublica and later provided to The Associated Press.

Human rights attorney Jennifer Harbury said she received the tape from a whistleblower and told ProPublica it was recorded in the last week. She did not provide details about where exactly it was recorded.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had not heard the audio but said children taken into custody by the government are being treated humanely. She said the government has high standards for detention centers and the children are well cared for, stressing that Congress needs to plug loopholes in the law so families can stay together.

The audio surfaced as politicians and advocates flocked to the U.S.-Mexico border to visit U.S. immigration detention centers and turn up the pressure on the Trump administration.

And the backlash over the policy widened. The Mormon church said it is "deeply troubled" by the separation of families at the border and urged national leaders to find compassionate solutions. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, reversed a decision to send a National Guard helicopter from his state to the Mexican border to assist in a deployment, citing the administration's "cruel and inhumane" policy.

At the border, an estimated 80 people pleaded guilty Monday to immigration charges, including some who asked the judge questions such as "What's going to happen to my daughter?" and "What will happen to my son?"

Attorneys at the hearings said the immigrants had brought two dozen boys and girls with them to the U.S., and the judge replied that he didn't know what would happen to their children.

Several groups of lawmakers toured a nearby facility in Brownsville, Texas, that houses hundreds of immigrant children.

Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico said the location was a former hospital converted into living quarters for children, with rooms divided by age group. There was even a small room for infants, complete with two high chairs, where two baby boys wore matching rugby style shirts with orange and white stripes.

Another group of lawmakers on Sunday visited an old warehouse in McAllen, Texas, where hundreds of children are being held in cages created by metal fencing. One cage held 20 youngsters.

More than 1,100 people were inside the large, dark facility, which is divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own, and mothers and fathers with children.

In Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for people trying to enter the U.S., Border Patrol officials say they must crack down on migrants and separate adults from children as a deterrent to others trying to get into the U.S. illegally.

"When you exempt a group of people from the law ... that creates a draw," said Manuel Padilla, the Border Patrol's chief agent there.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, speaking to reporters during a tour of San Diego immigration detention facilities with Rep. Juan Vargas and other House Democrats, said family separation is a "heartbreaking, barbarian issue that could be changed in a moment by the president of the United States rescinding his action."

"It so challenges the conscience of our country that it must be changed and must be changed immediately," she said during a news conference at a San Diego terminal that is connected to the airport in Tijuana, Mexico, by a bridge.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced late Monday that he was introducing emergency legislation intended to keep immigrant families together.

"All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers," Cruz said. "This must stop."

President Donald Trump emphatically defended his administration's policy Monday, again falsely blaming Democrats.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility," he declared. "Not on my watch."

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