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Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play issues warning after reports of deaths

Channel 10 news - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:41

(WTHR) — The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price have issued a warning after the company's Rock 'N Play due to reports of deaths when infants roll over.

There have been 10 infant deaths already involved with Fisher-Price's Rock 'N Play.

All of the infants were 3 months or older — the age at which most babies learn how to roll over.

CPSC recommends that any family who owns one of these products stop using it if their child is at the age where he or she can roll over.

"CPSC and Fisher-Price remind consumers to create a safe sleep environment for infants, whether using a crib, bassinet, play yard, or inclined sleeper: Never add blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, or other items to the environment and always place infants to sleep on their backs."

To report product-related injury go to saferproducts.gov or call 800-638-2772.

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Dude Perfect Tour coming to Columbus in July

Channel 10 news - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:57

Youtube stars Dude Perfect have announced their first ever live tour.

The group has more than 70 million social media followers and will be giving fans “a look into the fun world of Dude Perfect.”

Some fans will also have a chance to participate with the guys.

The 20-city tour will be making a stop at the Schottenstein Center on Friday, July 26.

Tickets go on sale to the beginning Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. To ensure tickets get in to the hands of fans and not scalpers or bots, the tour has partnered with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform.

Fans can register now through Monday, April 8th at 10 p.m. pm ET time for the Verified Fan presale by clicking here.

Registered fans who receive a code will have access to purchase tickets before the general public from Wednesday, April 10 at 10 p.m. through Thursday, April 11th at 10 p.m.

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Sobriety checkpoint scheduled for Friday night in south Columbus

Channel 10 news - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:23

The Franklin County DUI Task Force will hold a sobriety checkpoint tonight to combat impaired driving.

The checkpoint will be located on US 23 at Dolby Drive.

The Franklin County DUI Task Force members will conduct the sobriety check between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m.

The task force says it wants to impress upon those who will be consuming alcohol to plan for a designated driver or make other arrangements.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Why are the locations and times of a sobriety checkpoint released?

Guidelines issued by the NHTSA instruct law enforcement to “aggressively” publicize the locations.

The goal, according to the NHTSA, is to not only to deter impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel, but also to assure the protection of constitutional rights for both police and the public.

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Family of missing boy was elated, then devastated by hoax

Channel 10 news - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 09:00

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Eight years after an Illinois boy disappeared, his family began to think that their nightmare might be over at last.

A young man found wandering the streets of a Kentucky town claimed he had just escaped from two men in the Cincinnati area who held him captive for seven years. And he told police his name was Timmothy Pitzen. It didn't seem possible that someone so far away could make up such a story. So for a day and a half, relatives waited and hoped for a breakthrough.

Then on Thursday came devastating word from the FBI: DNA tests showed that the person was not Timmothy, a boy from Aurora who vanished at age 6 in 2011, around the time of his mother's suicide.

"It's like reliving that day all over again, and Timmothy's father is devastated once again, as are we," said the boy's aunt Kara Jacobs, her voice choked with emotion.

Authorities said the person claiming to be 14-year-old Timmothy was actually a 23-year-old ex-convict who was recently released from an Ohio prison after serving time for burglary and vandalism.

Neither Jacobs nor the boy's grandmother Alana Anderson tried to hide their disappointment as they struggled for composure during a brief news conference outside Anderson's home in Antioch, about 60 miles north of Aurora.

Anderson said her prayer has always been that when Timmothy was old enough, "he would find us if we couldn't find him." She held out hope that if he's "in a place where he has communication with the media or a computer, that he'll remember us enough to look for us, and I think he will. He's a very smart guy."

The rest of Aurora seemed to share in the family's disappointment.

"I know the community won't give up that he is out there," said Nick Baughman, former principal at the school where Amy Fry-Pitzen took her 6-year-old son out of his kindergarten class on May 11, 2011, saying something about a family emergency.

Wearing his backpack, Timmothy waved to his classmates, saying "See you tomorrow," teacher Cheryl Broach recalled.

The two climbed into Fry-Pitzen's SUV and went on an adventure that included a visit to the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago, a suburban Chicago resort and another resort in the Wisconsin Dells, a region that calls itself the "Waterpark Capital of the World."

The next day, according to video footage released later by police, the boy and his mother were seen leaving the Kalahari Resorts in the Dells. That was the last time the two were seen together. When Fry-Pitzen checked into a motel in Rockford, Illinois, about 120 miles away, on May 13, she was alone, according to police.

The next afternoon, her body turned up but with no sign of her son. A note she left said the boy was being cared for by someone who loved him in a place where he would never be found.

In the first days of the search, police said they found a significant amount of blood in the SUV's back seat, and tests confirmed it was the boy's. That news initially terrified Anderson, but the boy's father explained that his son had a history of nosebleeds and had suffered a serious one just days before he disappeared.

At Greenman Elementary, classmates, teachers and parents tried to help by tying hundreds of yellow ribbons around trees and signs. A garden was planted in Timmothy's memory.

"There were a lot of prayers, I recall," Baughman said Thursday. "It was just one of those moments where you want to maintain hope and be supportive."

Police tried to piece together the route Fry-Pitzen might have taken in her SUV, but in the years that followed, authorities never offered a public explanation for her actions. Reported sightings of the boy went nowhere. Investigators became frustrated by what they called hoaxes.

Family members knew that Fry-Pitzen had been troubled. A woman who was close to the family and whose children played with Timmothy said she noticed something amiss the morning he was taken out of school.

"I got to see him that morning before everything happened," Linda Ramirez remembered. "She seemed very sad. I was in a hurry and I didn't stop. I just went to work. I thought I can come over later and talk to her."

"I would love to see him again and hold him, and say that I'm sorry that I didn't stop," Ramirez added. "Believe it or not, his mother loved him very, very much."

When Fry-Pitzen died, she was on her fourth marriage, Anderson said. Her daughter had battled depression for years and was taking medication.

"She and her husband were having problems," Anderson said. "We were very concerned and told her we would help her any way we could."

In 2003, according to an account James Pitzen gave to CNN, his wife "had taken some pills, I guess, and (had been) sitting on the edge of a cliff and supposedly passed out and fell off a cliff."

James Pitzen, who could not be reached for comment Thursday, ultimately moved back to Iowa, Anderson said. After a while, the flood of calls between him and his wife's family slowed to a trickle before stopping altogether.

"He went on with his life," Anderson said. "I think seeing us was upsetting to him."

If there were troubles at home, they weren't obvious in the behavior of young Timmothy. He often played with her children and enjoyed their backyard trampoline. He loved to learn and talked about learning Spanish.

"He was a very happy boy with a lot of energy," Ramirez said. "It was hard to keep up with him."

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Biden to make 1st appearance since complaints about behavior

Channel 10 news - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 04:49

WASHINGTON — In countless conversations over the past year, former Vice President Joe Biden, his advisers and his broad network of friends and family have openly discussed the vulnerabilities he would face if he ran for president. A voting record that is sometimes at odds with the Democratic Party's leftward shift. His age. And the affectionate brand of politics that has made him beloved by many Democrats and a target of Republicans for years.

What Biden likely didn't expect was to be confronting those issues so fully before even launching a campaign.

On Friday, Biden will make his first public appearance since several women began recounting encounters with him that left them uneasy. The first was Nevada politician Lucy Flores , who said she was uncomfortable when Biden kissed her on the back of the head backstage at a 2014 campaign event. Her account was countered by scores of women — from prominent lawmakers to former Biden staffers — who praised him as a warm, affectionate person and a supportive boss.

It's unclear whether he will address the situation in his remarks to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He said in a cellphone video released Wednesday that he understood "social norms have begun to change" and "the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset."

Biden allies insist the eruption has done little to slow down planning for a 2020 campaign. Barring the unforeseen, he is expected to announce his candidacy, perhaps online, after Easter and immediately embark on a trip to early voting caucus and primary states. Those stops would be followed by a ceremonial kickoff.

Advisers say they are working to build out a robust campaign staff, including operatives in Iowa and South Carolina, states that are seen as key to his path to the nomination. Women are being considered for key roles, including senior strategist and deputy campaign manager, according to advisers, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the planning publicly.

Biden's sister, Valerie Biden Owens, has long been one of his most trusted political confidantes. His daughter, 37-year-old Ashley Biden, who has largely kept a low profile during his political career, may also take on a more prominent role. She has quit her job as a social worker, fueling speculation.

But the past few weeks have laid bare the challenges Biden would face. Some women's groups have balked at his attempts to apologize for his role overseeing the Senate hearings in which Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. UltraViolet, the women's advocacy organization, said its message to Biden was "Do better. Do better for women."

Biden was also broadly panned following reports that he was considering asking 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a 45-year-old African American woman, to be his running mate during the Democratic primaries. Abrams herself brushed back the speculation by saying she thought a woman or a minority would be the Democratic Party nominee in 2020.

Speaking to MSNBC on Thursday, Abrams offered support for Biden and said Democrats shouldn't "have perfection as a litmus test." But in a sign of the volatility that could be ahead for the Democratic field, Abrams said she doesn't expect to decide whether to launch a presidential bid of her own until the fall, just months before primary voting begins.

The rush of attention on Biden's behavior with women has been particularly intense, raising questions about whether his hugs and shoulder squeezes are simply out of a different era or a new front in the MeToo movement that has put a spotlight on the actions of powerful men.

"It feels so much like some of the other Me Too stuff that's been floating around, that I'm afraid he might get tarred with that brush whether or not it's really warranted," said Mike Waggoner, a 70-year-old Democrat from Waterloo, Iowa. "This is such a sensitive area and an important area, I'm afraid it could just take him out."

As the scrutiny has intensified, Biden has kept the counsel of a small group of advisers who have been with him for years. The team appeared to respond slowly to Flores' assertions, first releasing a brief statement from a spokesman, then a longer statement from Biden himself about 36 hours later. Four more days passed before the former vice president's video response was released.

"It is a really difficult period before you announce when you are nonetheless a target," Axelrod said. "You're not wholly in a position to respond and yet you have to, and so that may account for the halting way in which this unfolded."

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Attorney general defends handling of Mueller's Russia report

Channel 10 news - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 04:44

WASHINGTON— Attorney General William Barr is defending his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation, saying the confidential document contains sensitive grand jury material that prevented it from being immediately released to the public.

The statement Thursday came as Barr confronts concerns that his four-page letter summarizing Mueller's conclusions unduly sanitized the full report in President Donald Trump's favor, including on the key question of whether the president obstructed justice. House Democrats on Wednesday approved subpoenas for Mueller's entire report and any exhibits and other underlying evidence that the Justice Department might withhold.

The disparity in length between Barr's letter and Mueller's full report, which totals nearly 400 pages, raises the likelihood of additional significant information that was put forward by the special counsel's office but not immediately shared by the attorney general.

In Thursday's statement, Barr defended the decision to release a brief summary letter two days after receiving the report on March 22. He has previously said he did not believe it would be in the public's interest to release the full document in piecemeal or gradual fashion, and that he did not intend for his letter summarizing Mueller's "principal conclusions" to be an "exhaustive recounting" of the special counsel's investigation.

Barr is now expected to release the entire report, with redactions, by mid-April.

"Given the extraordinary public interest in the matter, the Attorney General decided to release the report's bottom-line findings and his conclusions immediately — without attempting to summarize the report — with the understanding that the report itself would be released after the redaction process," the Justice Department statement said.

The statement also said that every page of Mueller's report was marked that it may contain grand jury material "and therefore could not immediately be released."

A Justice Department official, speaking Thursday on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential process, said summaries of the findings that Mueller's team included as part of its report also contained grand jury information, making it hard for a swift release.

Barr has said that while Mueller did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign, the special counsel left open a decision on whether the president had tried to obstruct the Russia investigation. The Mueller team laid out evidence on both sides of the question in a way that neither established a crime nor exonerated Trump, according to Barr's letter.

Barr has said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that Mueller's evidence was insufficient to support an obstruction allegation.

Barr said he was continuing to work with Mueller's office on redactions to the report so that it could be released to Congress and the public.

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Trump gets why Barbara Bush attacked him: "Look what I did to her sons"

Channel 10 news - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 04:36

It comes as no surprise to President Trump that the late first lady, Barbara Bush held him in low regard. "I have heard that she was nasty to me, but she should be. Look what I did to her sons," he told The Washington Times in an interview published Thursday.

A new biography of Bush, "The Matriarch," by USA Today's Susan Page, contains a number of attacks on the president's character, both in her interviews with Page and also in her journals, which were provided to Page.

President Trump soundly defeated Bush's son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in the 2016 primaries, and often disparaged him as "low-energy." Her other son, former President George W. Bush, was also a frequent target of attacks by Mr. Trump, as well, largely for his handling of 9/11 and prosecution of the Iraq War.

"Look, she's the mother of somebody that I competed against. Most people thought he [Jeb Bush] was going to win and he was quickly out," Mr. Trump told the Washington Times.

"I hit him very hard in South Carolina," he said. "Remember? He was supposed to win South Carolina and I won it in a landslide. I hit him so hard.

"That's when his brother came to make the first speech for him," Mr. Trump recalled. "And I said, 'What took you so long?'"

In the end, the president seems to think her dislike of him is justified: "She was nasty to me, but she should be."

But Bush's dislike for the president predated his remarks about her sons. In 1990, Page notes, Mr. Trump had remarked on then-President George H.W. Bush's high-dollar speeches in Japan. Barbara Bush wrote in her diary, "Trump now means greed, selfishness and ugly. So sad."

Page talked with CBSN's Elaine Quijano about the extent of Barbara Bush's negative reaction to Mr. Trump. Near the end of her life, Bush told Page she'd "probably say no today" when she was asked whether she considered herself a member of the party in the era of Trump.

"I'm trying not to think about it," she said of the Trump presidency in an interview with Page. "We're a strong country, and I think it will all work out."

Page told Quijano that she thought it was "the accumulation of concern over the direction of the country, about the nature of President Trump's rhetoric."

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Cigna caps insulin costs at $25 for qualifying clients

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 18:10

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTHR) — Health insurance company Cigna and pharmacy benefit company Express Scripts have launched a program that will keep out-of-pocket costs for insulin at $25 per 30-day prescription.

The Patient Assurance Program is available to Cigna members in non-government funded pharmacy plants managed by Express Scripts.

According to Cigna, the average out-of-pocket cost for customers with insulin plans managed by Express Scripts was $41.50 for a 30-day supply in 2018.

"For people with diabetes, insulin can be as essential as air," said Cigna executive vice president Steve Miller. "We need to ensure these individuals feel secure in their ability to afford every fill so they don't miss one dose."

The out-of-pocket cost includes deductibles, copays or conisurance. The insurance company said in most cases, patients will see lower costs without any increases in the plan premium.

Miller said he believes the new program will remove at least one barrier, cost, for people enrolled in plans who need insulin.

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Monster Jam, Operation Homefront provide room makeover for Lancaster veteran's son

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 18:04

LANCASTER, Ohio — We all could use a pick-me-up.

Kayla Blood has had setbacks in her life. She had to grow up young. Her family was supportive but not financially stable, she says. She went to college on a track scholarship but that didn't work out. Then, she went to the military in the Louisiana National Guard.

Once out of the service, she tried her hand at mixed martial arts and motor cross racing.

All of that lead to now — she's a professional monster truck driver behind the wheel of Soldier Fortune.

"Honestly, I just gave it everything I had in everything that I did and that's exactly why I am where I am now," she said.

It's what lead her to a house on Boving Road in Lancaster Thursday.

She and Operation Homefront, which is a non-profit organization that helps veterans and their families, planned a surprise for a little boy.

They chose this house because of Jacob Craig and his son.

"He really got into any trucks," Craig said of his son, Henry. "Anything that is loud and destroys things."

Craig served in the Navy for two years. He was injured while deployed in the Persian Gulf when he was jumped by locals and hit on the head so hard it detached his retina and gave him a traumatic brain injury and PTSD. After eight surgeries, he's blind in his right eye. At 30 years old, he's been through a lot.

"Yeah, I'd like to think so, but it's, you know, just keep moving on [and] just keep trucking," he said.

His wife nominated him for an Operation Homefront makeover.

"She put in for Henry to do it and I think he's going to like it from what I can see," he said.

Operation Homefront, with Monster Jam and Kayla Blood, made it happen Thursday for 2-year-old Henry.

The room was decked out with all kinds of plush toys that looked like monster trucks, miniature helmets, hats, pennants, new covers and pillows for his bed and a gigantic Fathead sticker of the famous monster truck, Grave Digger.

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Former Columbus vice officer indicted in the shooting death of Donna Castleberry

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:37

COLUMBUS— A Franklin County grand jury has indicted former Columbus Division of Police Vice Officer Andrew Mitchell.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien speaks on the indictment:

The grand jury met over the past two days to consider evidence regarding the fatal officer-involved shooting of Donna Castleberry during an alleged prostitution sting.

Mitchell has been charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter.

At the time of the shooting, Columbus Police said that Castleberry pulled a knife and cut Mitchell and that he, in turn, opened fire shooting Castleberry three times, killing her.

But Castleberry’s family has cried foul, stating that two weeks before the August 23, 2018 shooting, Mitchell had become the subject of a separate criminal investigation by his own department but was allowed to remain on the force and work his covert beat as a vice officer.

In September, now-former Police Chief Kim Jacobs suspended the operations of the vice unit following Castleberry’s shooting and the controversy that surrounded the efforts of other vice officers investigating Columbus strip clubs. That controversy boiled to the surface with the July arrest of Stormy Daniels and two other women for violating a rarely cited state law that prohibits physical contact between exotic dancers and patrons.

(Internal affairs records from the Columbus Division of Police show that the city attorney’s office had warned vice officers that the law was problematic. Cases against dozens of strippers were later dismissed).

Fast forward seven months and newly-appointed Interim Police Chief Tom Quinlan announced that he was dissolving the vice unit a week after Andrew Mitchell was charged in federal court - accused of abusing his police powers by allegedly coaxing women into sex in exchange for their freedom. He faces seven charges - including lying to the FBI.

He’s pleaded not guilty but if convicted he could face life in prison.

10 Investigates also discovered that Mitchell owns several rental properties across Columbus. Records reviewed by 10 Investigates found that there have been 630 police runs to those properties since 2013. Some of them include acts of violence and sex crimes. And some of the women who listed their addresses as Mitchell’s properties have been arrested for solicitation.

Federal prosecutors allege that Mitchell rented to known prostitutes and would sometimes accept sex in exchange for rent.

Three vice officers - included Mitchell, Whitney Lancaster and Steve Rosser - have been relieved of their police duties. Rosser and Lancaster were involved in the arrest of Stormy Daniels and spearheaded other investigations into allegations of drug use or human trafficking at area strip clubs.

Mitchell - a 31-year veteran of the force -retired from the police force a day after federal charges were announced.

Quinlan provided the following statement:

“Our officers work diligently and professionally to protect the residents of Columbus. I respect the Franklin County Grand Jury decision to indict former officer Mitchell on charges of Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter. We will continue to work with the prosecutor’s office throughout the criminal proceedings. Andrew Mitchell’s actions have cast a long shadow over the Columbus Division of Police. I am taking concrete actions to restore the public’s trust. Mitchell was relieved of duty and has since retired in bad standing. The Vice Section has been disbanded. We will continue internal reviews to make sure that the Columbus Division of Police embodies our mission for the people of Columbus.”

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther also released a statement on the indictment:

“Today’s indictment, as well as the federal indictments announced last month, send a clear message that we will not tolerate the abuse of power or victimization of residents by anyone in law enforcement. Prosecuting Andrew Mitchell is essential both to protect our community and to support the many honorable officers whose reputations he has unfairly tarnished.

“I applaud the grand jury for the indictment and believe in Prosecutor Ron O’Brien’s full and vigorous attention to the arraignment and trial.”

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Rhoden family murder suspect Jake Wagner faces judge wearing stun vest

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:12

One of four family members accused of murdering eight people in Pike County in April of 2016 faced a judge Thursday afternoon.

Jake Wagner appeared in court wearing street clothes rather than a jail jumpsuit. The defendant was also free of handcuffs and leg restraints. However, the Pike County Sheriff's Office said Wagner is wearing a vest concealed beneath his clothing that is capable of delivering a powerful jolt.

The court granted a request for Wagner to appear in non-visible restraints, so as not to taint potential jurors.

The company that manufactures the vest mandates law enforcement officers trained to use the device experience the shock themselves, to discourage any misuse.

"You're using it in good judgment," said Lt. Brock Clemmons with the Pike County Sheriff's Office.

10TV obtained training video which depicted Pike County Sheriff's experiencing the jolt of electricity. Lt. Clemmons said he didn't know what to expect, but admitted he was apprehensive.

"It's kind of like when you're at the top of a roller coaster, and you're about to take that big drop towards the bottom. That's probably how I would describe it," said Lt. Clemmons.

The video is more graphic than you might anticipate, as the deputy cries out in clear pain before formulating the words, "stop, stop, stop."

Lt. Clemmons said the vest left burn marks on his body and said deputies who have experienced being tased called the vest "10 times worse."

There's a reason why Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader is taking courtroom security so seriously. Prosecutors have said Bill and Angela Wagner and the couple's sons, George and Jake, had a plan in case one of them got arrested for the murders.

Prosecutors said the plot included an escape and a plan to seek revenge against former Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Sheriff Reader and an investigator with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

All four Wagners are being held without bond facing charges of aggravated murder that carry death penalty specifications.

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I-71 open again near Greenlawn Avenue due to crash involving CPD cruiser

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:10

UPDATE: Interstate 71 south is open again in the area of Greenlawn Avenue Thursday evening due to a crash involving a Columbus police cruiser, according to dispatchers.

The southbound lanes of the highway from I-70 to S.R. 104 were closed Thursday.

Police said the officer was taken to Grant Medical Center in stable condition.

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Man suspected of shooting Nipsey Hussle charged with murder

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 14:39

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man suspected of killing Nipsey Hussle was charged Thursday with murder and two counts of attempted murder over an attack outside the rapper's South Los Angeles clothing store on Sunday.

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed the charges, including two counts of attempted murder, against Eric Holder, 29. He is set to appear in a downtown courtroom Thursday afternoon, two days after his arrest after a nearly 48-hour manhunt. It is not clear whether Holder has an attorney.

Authorities say Holder and Hussle, who knew each other, has several conversations Sunday outside the rapper's South LA clothing store. They say Holder eventually returned with a handgun and shot Hussle, who was declared dead at a hospital. He also wounded two other men during the attack, authorities said.

If convicted, Holder faces life in prison.

Holder has a previous felony conviction. In 2012 he pleaded no contest to possession of a loaded firearm and was sentenced to six months in jail and three years' probation. The case filed Thursday includes a charge that he was a felon in possession of a gun during the attack on Hussle.

The rapper and suspect knew each other, and had some sort of personal dispute the day of the shooting, police said, declining to give further details about their relationship.

Hussle, 33, was engaged to actress Lauren London, with whom he had a 2-year-old son. He had another daughter from a previous relationship.

He was a beloved figure in the community that he was seeking to rebuild starting with his clothing store, among his fellow entertainers, and with public officials who praised his philanthropy and advocacy.

Hussle had success in hip-hop's inner circles for 10 years through his coveted mixtapes, then last year broke big with his major-label debut album, "Victory Lap," which was nominated for a Grammy.

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Ohio schools now required to contact parents within 2 hours of child's absence

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 13:53

Starting Friday, schools in Ohio will be required to contact parents within two hours of the start of the school day if their child has been marked absent.

Senate Bill 82, also known as Alianna’s Alert, comes after the death of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze of Cleveland. In 2017, she was kidnapped while on her way to school, raped and murdered by Christopher Whitaker. He was sentenced to death in March of 2018. Alianna's mother didn’t know she never made it to school until the end of the day.

“I am thrilled that Alianna’s Alert (formerly known as Senate Bill 82) will take effect tomorrow. Parents can now feel more secure knowing that they will be notified when their child does not arrive to school. Every second counts when a child is missing, and it is important that parents are informed,” said State Senator Sandra Williams, who sponsored the bill.

“I am also thankful for the many constituents who reached out to legislative offices to express their support for this law. Their constant commitment and efforts are what really pushed this bill to the forefront and I am very grateful. This law takes the next steps in ensuring that our children are safe when walking or taking public transportation to school. Alianna’s Alert will be a constant reminder that the safety of our children should be our greatest concern.”

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Columbus city shuts down 2 suspected drug houses

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 13:25

COLUMBUS — The City of Columbus has shut down two suspected drug houses in the city’s west and east side, according to Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein.

The city shut down one residence at 674 South Oakley Ave. in the city’s west side and at 644 Fairwood Ave. in the South of Main neighborhood Thursday morning. Columbus police removed occupants upon arrival.

Court documents say Columbus police responded to the South Oakley Avenue residence since early 2017 on reports of drug dealing, sexual assault, a stolen vehicle, attempted burglary and robbery. Police also conducted covert purchases of crack cocaine and heroin and encountered several overdose victims.

“We greatly appreciate the court granting the emergency board-up order and want to thank the Columbus Police Division for their diligent work on this case,” said Assistant City Attorney Zach Gwin. “We’ll continue to be aggressive in rooting out the drug activity that’s harming the west side, and neighborhoods all across our city.”

Police say the residence at Fairwood Avenue was owned and occupied by a mother and son duo named Eugene Ferguson II and Denise Ferguson. The son was arrested in 2015 with a sandwich bag of crack and the mother was arrested in 2016 for felony burglary. Police also say the residence was within a short walking distance of Fairwood Alternative Elementary School.

In May 2018, detectives issued a search warrant at the premises and seized firearms, drugs and cash. The Franklin County Environmental Court then found the property to be a public nuisance and ordered it closed for seven months in September. The Fergusons were also permanently enjoined from maintaining nuisance at the residence.

Police received a report in October that Eugene Ferguson was at the premises with a “large gun” and another report in November said that a gun had been fired. The man who fired the gun then reportedly exited with a baseball bat and a woman left with a fishing rod.

Throughout February and March of this year, detectives made covert purchases of crack cocaine and subsequently executed a search warrant, recovering cash, weapons and ammunition and drugs.

“It’s troubling to know that this property—with all the weapons, drugs, and violence associated with it—is located within a short walking distance of an elementary school. It’s also just down the road from Nationwide Children’s Hospital,” said Assistant City Attorney Heidy Tawadros. “That’s why it was so important for us to secure an emergency court order shut this place down.”

Hearings for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief against both properties are scheduled for April 15 at 1 p.m.

Copies the court’s orders for 674 S. Oakley Ave. and 644 Fairwood Ave. are available online.

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More than 750,000 could lose food stamps under Trump proposal

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 13:09

Thousands of families could have a tough time filling their food pantries under a White House proposal.

The Trump administration wants to limit the ability of states to waive current employment requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

That’s the program that gives low-income families financial assistance to buy food.

According to the Department of Agriculture, more than 750,000 people could lose their benefits under the administration’s plan.

A researcher told a House subcommittee Wednesday those people, on average, make about $550 a month. She said they are some of the poorest in America.

As it stands currently, working-age adults without children must have a job or be in a training program to receive benefits.

Waivers are available for disabled people and those who live in an area with high unemployment.

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Kroger begins to eliminate single-use plastic bags

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:43

Kroger announced it will phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags by 2025.

It's part of their Zero Hunger, Zero Waste program.

"With Earth Day approaching, we realized this was the perfect opportunity to accelerate the removal of single-use plastic in our stores and take the next bold step in our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste journey," said Suzy Monford, president of QFC. "We listen closely to our customers and our communities, and we agree with their growing concerns about use-once, throw-it-away plastic bags. This is why we are leading the change and inviting our customers to join us as we help to create zero waste neighborhoods."

Some estimates suggest that 100 billion single-use plastic bags are thrown away in the U.S. every year. Currently, less than five percent of plastic bags are recycled annually in America, and single-use plastic bags are the fifth-most common single-use plastic found in the environment by magnitude.

Throughout the month of April, Quality Food Centers, which owns Kroger, will donate $1 for each reusable bag sold in its stores to The Nature Conservancy, a global nonprofit committed to protecting the earth's lands and waters.

In August 2018, Kroger announced a national plan to eliminate single-use plastic bags in all stores.

All stores will feature reusable bag displays, highlighting the $1 donation to The Nature Conservancy for each reusable bag purchased in April, up to $10,000. QFC will also continue to offer customers the ability to recycle plastic bags.

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21 dogs involved in suspected dogfighting ring rescued from Columbus home

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:56

Twenty-one dogs were removed from a home in west Columbus Thursday morning as part of an arrest in a suspected dogfighting ring.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, 13 pit bulls, seven puppies and one Yorkshire Terrier were taken from the home in the 700 block of Dexter Avenue.

Authorities also found one dead dog and narcotics.

The sheriff’s office said they were originally investigating German Sanchez for drugs when they discovered he was involved in dogfighting.

The dogs were taken by Columbus Humane.

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7 Ohio men plead guilty to charges related to sexually abusing children, creating child pornography

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:28

Seven men in Ohio have pleaded guilty to crimes related to the sexual abuse of two 10-year-old girls and making child pornography.

William G. Weekley, Timothy F. Sullivan, Franklin Eugene Perry and Brian Perkins were indicted in August 2018 for producing child pornography and abusing one girl.

According to the Department of Justice, three additional defendants were discovered during the investigation of Weekley.

Grant Michalski, Eric Zeverly and Jordan I. Makowski were each charged in separate cases on August 23. Zeverly was charged with sexually abusing a second 10-year-old girl.

The investigation started when a special agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation communicated with Weekley online.

According to court documents, the defendants made online contact with each other and other who shared interest in minors, incest and child pornography.

After making initial contact through Craigslist, Weekley communicated with each of the other defendants on an ongoing basis through text and various other apps.

Weekley had access to the girl and sexually abused her and created images and videos which he shared with others.

Weekley and Perry discussed sexually abusing the girl together and made plans for Perry to join, which he did. Perry allegedly encouraged Weekley to continue abusing her.

Perkins and Sullivan requested that Weekley bring the girl to meet them to abuse her, but authorities said they do not believe they met with Weekley.

Weekley and Michalski messaged on Craigslist about interests in sexual topics like “family, forced” and “K9 and more.”

Authorities say Zevely engaged in thousands of communications with numerous other individuals in response to ads placed on Craigslist, including with Weekley.

Investigators found Zevely allegedly sexually abused a different underage female victim. Zevely also alleged to have engaged in communications about sexually abusing minors with undercover officers.

In a conversation through an app, Makowski sent several files containing child pornography to another individual.

Weekly pleaded guilty to three counts of production of child pornography, one count of attempted coercion of a minor and two counts of distributing child pornography on Tursday. He faces up to life in prison.

Sullivan pleaded guilty to attempted coercion or enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity on Tueday. He faces up to life in prison.

Perry pleaded guilty to coercion or enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity in January. He faces up to life in prison.

Perkins, Zevely and Michalski all pleaded guilty in November 2018.

Perkins and Michalski pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography. They face up to 20 years in prison.

Zevely pleaded guilty to producing child pornography. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

Makowski pleaded guilty in February to distributing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Weapon found at Hilltonia Middle School

Channel 10 news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:25

A Columbus school was on a brief lockdown after students reported they saw someone with a weapon.

Columbus police were called to Hilltonia Middle School Thursday morning and found the weapon.

Columbus City Schools said there will be disciplinary action for the student.

Police will determine if any charges will be filed.

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