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Blue Jackets acquire former Ohio State standout left wing Ryan Dzingel from Senators

1 hour 48 min ago

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Ryan Dzingel from the Ottawa Senators.

The Blue Jackets received Dzingel and the 2019 seventh-round draft pick in exchange for left wing Anthony Duclair and draft picks in 2019 and 2020 NHL draft.

Dzingel, the 203rd overall pick in the 2011 draft, has recorded 62 goals and 64 assists for 126 points.

The former Ohio State standout has posted back-to-back 20-goal campaigns.

“We are very happy to add Ryan Dzingel to our team as he is a very good player and goal scorer in the National Hockey League and a quality person who we believe will be a great fit with our group,” said General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen. “He has local ties having played at Ohio State and in talking to him is very excited about coming back to Columbus, being a Blue Jacket and helping us as we move forward.”

The Blue Jackets face off against the Penguins Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.

Categories: Ohio News

Whitehall Sonic Drive-In permanently closes; several other central Ohio locations to get new management

2 hours 2 min ago

A permanently closed sign has been posted at the Whitehall Sonic located at 3661 East Main Street with another sign on the marquee reading "WE ARE CLOSED!"

According to a Sonic America’s Drive-In spokesperson, eight Sonic Drive-Ins in Columbus will be under new ownership and management effective Monday, Feb. 25. An affiliate of Sonic SRI Operating Company is in the process of purchasing these drive-ins.

Sonic issued this statement:

“ We recognize that changes like this can be difficult for employees to understand, but are pleased that most current employees will have the opportunity to continue working at the drive-in. Under new management, guests and the community can look forward to improved service and the famous food, beverages and treats for which Sonic is known.”

The spokesperson said Sonic employees working for the local drive-in will have the opportunity to continue to work at the drive-in under the new ownership.

The locations poised for new management are expected to re-open Monday, Feb. 25.

Categories: Ohio News

Bobrovsky gets another shutout, Blue Jackets beat Sharks 4-0

3 hours 23 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky recorded his second shutout in two nights, Matt Duchene scored his first goal for his new team and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the San Jose Sharks 4-0 on Saturday.

Bobrovsky had 26 saves and got shutouts in both games of a back-to-back for the first time in his career. He was in the net when the Blue Jackets beat Ottawa 3-0 on Friday night, hours after the Senators traded Duchene to Columbus.

Duchene, making his home debut after being dealt for a pair of top prospects and draft picks, tapped in a loose puck after a rebound early in the second period to put the Blue Jackets up 2-0.

Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist, and Boone Jenner and Pierre-Luc Dubois also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won seven of their last 10. They started the day in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Martin Jones had 19 saves for the Sharks before being replaced by Aaron Dell halfway through the third period after Columbus scored for the fourth time. Dell had three more stops.

San Jose lost for only the second time in regulation in their last 11 and is in second place behind Calgary in the Pacific Division.

A charging Jenner collected a great centering pass from Josh Anderson and finished from the slot to get the Blue Jackets on the board nine minutes into the game.

Duchene tallied 59 seconds into the second period. Late in the period, with San Jose's Micheal Haley in the penalty box for interference, Atkinson poked in a puck that got loose behind Jones, snapping a six-game power-play drought for Columbus.

Skating hard through the left circle, Dubois stayed a step ahead of defender Marc-Edouard Vlasic and the slid the puck between Jones' pads to give Columbus a comfortable lead 6:02 into the third, leading to Jones being replaced in the net.

Nine Columbus players had points in the game.

NOTES: San Jose lost on the road for the first time in seven games. ... Columbus D Ryan Murray missed his third game with an upper-body injury. ... Tortorella coached his 300th game for the Blue Jackets. ... Columbus F Alexander Wennberg was a healthy scratch for the second straight game after the acquisition of Duchene. ... Jenner and Anderson have points in three straight games. ... Anderson has 10 points in the last 10 games.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At Detroit on Sunday.

Blue Jackets: Host Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Categories: Ohio News

Mississippi players kneel during anthem in response to Confederacy rally

3 hours 38 min ago

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Eight Mississippi players kneeled during the national anthem in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena before the Rebels' 72-71 victory over Georgia on Saturday.

With the teams lined up across the court at the free throw lines, six players took a knee and bowed at the start of the "The Star-Spangled Banner." Two other players later joined them.

"The majority of it was just that we saw one of our teammates doing it and didn't want him to be alone," Ole Miss scoring leader Breein Tyree said. "We're just tired of these hate groups coming to our school and portraying our campus like we have these hate groups in our actual school."

The Confederacy demonstration took place a few hundred feet from the arena. In the aftermath of violence at a similar rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Oxford community has been on alert.

Various student groups held counter-protests on campus Thursday and Friday. Saturday's march, led by Pro-Confederate groups Confederate 901 and the Hiwaymen, also drew counter-protesters. The march began at the Confederate monument on the city square and ended at another Confederate monument in the heart of the Ole Miss campus.

"This was all about the hate groups that came to our community to try spread racism and bigotry," Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis said. "It's created a lot of tension for our campus. Our players made an emotional decision to show these people they're not welcome on our campus, and we respect our players freedom and ability to choose that."

Categories: Ohio News

High Wind Warning Sunday for part of central Ohio, potential gusts as high as 60 mph

4 hours 21 min ago

A strong storm system that’s bringing severe weather to the Tennessee Valley will bring rain to the area overnight and gusty winds.

Winds will start ramping up through the overnight hours and a High Wind Warning will go into effect in the early morning hours of Sunday and stay in effect throughout much of the day.

If you have to take the trash or recycling out on Sunday, keep in mind it could get blown down the street as our wind gusts could touch 60 mph on Sunday afternoon. Expect morning wind gusts in the 40 mph range. By midday, we’ll see them hovering around 45 mph. Winds should peak in the early to mid-afternoon at around 55 mph in Columbus, but some of the windier spots could see gusts as high as 60 mph. By the evening, the winds will back off a little but they’ll still be around 45 mph.

The other big part of this weather story is the drop in temperatures. We’ll hit an early high on Sunday in the low to mid-50s, but strong winds will usher in a cooler air mass through Sunday afternoon. By day’s end on Sunday, temperatures will be in the upper 20s and low 30s across central Ohio.

Winter isn’t officially over yet, and the forecast definitely reflects this fact.

Categories: Ohio News

No. 24 Maryland beats Ohio State 72-62

6 hours 44 min ago

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 points, Bruno Fernando had 14 points and 10 rebounds and No. 24 Maryland defeated Ohio State 72-62 Saturday to remain unbeaten at home in the Big Ten.

The Terrapins (21-7, 12-5) used a 13-0 run to take a 52-36 lead. Although the margin dwindled to two points with 5:27 left, Maryland held on to improve to 14-2 at home, including 7-0 in the conference.

With three Big Ten games left, including two at home, the Terrapins are in fourth place and in position to secure a double bye in the conference tournament.

Fernando scored all of his points after halftime, and reserve freshman Serrel Smith Jr. contributed a career-high 14 points for Maryland. Despite a slow start, Fernando secured his ninth double-double in his last 10 games.

Duane Washington Jr. scored 15 and Andre Wesson had 13 for Ohio State (17-10, 7-9). The Buckeyes have lost three of four and nine of their last 14.

Maryland led 39-36 before Fernando scored six points and Cowan added five in the pivotal 13-0 spree.

Fernando started the surge with a three-point play, Smith hit a jumper and Cowan followed with a 3-pointer. After Ohio State missed its seventh straight shot, Cowan was fouled on an attempt from beyond the arc and sank two from the line.

Fernando capped the run with a foul shot and a short jumper.

The Buckeyes stormed back, getting points from five different players in a 19-5 spurt that made it 57-55.

Then it was Maryland's turn. Smith was fouled on a shot from beyond the arc and made all three free throws. Darryl Morsell followed with a pair of foul shots, and Aaron Wiggins capped the 7-0 run with a dunk off a pass from Fernando, who had snagged the rebound of a miss by Morsell.

That was enough to assure the Terrapins of a series sweep of the Buckeyes. The Terps won at Ohio State 75-61 on Jan. 18.

Cowan scored 10 points to stake Maryland to a 33-28 halftime lead. The Terrapins missed five of their first six shots before going 12 for 18 with four 3-pointers.

Fernando missed both his shots and collected only four rebounds in nearly 18 minutes of play.

POOR ENCORE

Coming off a 22-point performance against Northwestern, Ohio State's 6-foot-9 sophomore Kaleb Wesson was limited to seven points on 3 for 12 shooting. He came in averaging a team-high 14.7 points.

AYALA AILING

Maryland starting guard Eric Ayala left in the first half and did not return after scoring five points in 10 minutes. A team official said the freshman "was not feeling well."

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: The Buckeyes are sinking fast after losing only once before 2019. They shot 35 percent in the second half and 36.5 percent for the game.

Maryland: The Terrapins keep surprising foes in the Big Ten. Despite relying heavily on freshmen, Maryland remains in the upper tier of the conference and might be tough to beat in the Big Ten Tournament.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Hosts Iowa on Tuesday night, the rematch of a game won by the Hawkeyes 72-62 last month.

Maryland: Faces Penn State on Wednesday night. The Terps beat the Nittany Lions 66-59 on Dec. 1.

Categories: Ohio News

Inmates and staff at Noble Correctional Institution hospitalized after air system malfunction

7 hours 45 min ago

NOBLE COUNTY, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday evening the air handling system at the Noble Correctional Institution malfunctioned.

ODRC said at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday night, a malfunction created poor air quality in one of the inmate housing units. A total of four staff members showed signs of illness and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Twenty-nine inmates claimed to have symptoms and were also sent to local hospitals.

No one affected experienced life-threatening or serious harm due to the event, ODRC said.

Maintenance staff repaired the system and the air quality in the unit and around the institution was deemed safe by the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department.

ODRC said the institution is back under normal operations.

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

Categories: Ohio News

Sheriff: No likely survivors in cargo jetliner crash near Houston

7 hours 54 min ago

HOUSTON (AP) — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner heading to Houston with three people aboard disintegrated after crashing Saturday into a bay east of the city, according to a Texas sheriff.

Witnesses told emergency personnel that the twin-engine plane "went in nose first," leaving a debris field three-quarters of a mile long in Trinity Bay, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said.

"It's probably a crash that nobody would survive," he said, referring to the scene as "total devastation."

Witnesses said they heard the plane's engines surging and that the craft turned sharply before falling into a nosedive, Hawthorne said.

Aerial footage shows emergency personnel walking along a spit of marshland flecked by debris that extends into the water.

The sheriff said recovering pieces of the plane, its black box containing flight data records and any remains of the people on board will be difficult in muddy marshland that extends to about 5 feet deep in the area. Air boats are needed to access the area.

The plane had departed from Miami and was likely only minutes away from landing at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert after officials lost radar and radio contact with Atlas Air Flight 3591 when it was about 30 miles southeast of the airport, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.

The Coast Guard dispatched boats and at least one helicopter to assist in the search for survivors. A dive team with the Texas Department of Public Safety will be tasked with finding the black box, Hawthorne said.

Trinity Bay is just north of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

FAA investigators are traveling to the scene as are authorities with the National Transportation Safety Board, which will lead the investigation.

Categories: Ohio News

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | February 23rd, 2019

14 hours 5 min ago

Welcome back, everyone! For you first-time readers, happy to have you here!

This blog is dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have a large backyard, many of you probably walk your dog, or dogs, on a daily basis, and maybe even multiple times a day.

The purpose and goal of this blog is to help those dog walkers and their furry friends make the most out of their walks outside while being safe at the same time.

So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale."

You will notice on the images below there are certain colors that go with each time period/day of the week for the "Furr-cast." I developed this scale on my own, using several meteorological variables and some pet-friendly considerations.

You will see that the color "green" on the image above suggests that conditions are ideal for walking your pet and that there are no risks to either you or your pet, so walk all you want!

This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows conditions are fair outside but you should still keep an eye on your pet. This is where the breed of your pet also comes into play. I'm not an expert on dogs but I know a Siberian Husky can withstand colder temperatures than a Chihuahua.

This is up to the owner to decide if the conditions are fair enough that they could take more casual, longer walks outside.

Lastly, we have the last ranking on the scale, which shows outside conditions are poor and pet owners should keep their walks short. Dangerous weather is developing or already present and pet owners should take action to make sure that their pets are properly taken care of. This shouldn't be used to decide whether or not you should go outside; but more so an indicator that you should take shorter, more frequent walks.

Now that we have a look at the method behind the comfort scale, let's take a look at this weekends "Furr-cast."

Mild and fairly dry start to the weekend here in central Ohio. Temperatures will continue to support favorable walking conditions today, but we'll have to dodge some rain. Rain will move through in a couple rounds today. It won't be a washout, but we'll see spotty showers through the afternoon. More widespread rain and a few storms will be possible tonight and during the early overnight hours on Sunday. Winds won't be much of a problem today, with gusts around 30 mph late this evening. Ideally, get your walks in early and enjoy the lack of rain and strong winds while you can. Tomorrow will not be the most pleasant day for obvious reasons.

A High Wind Watch will be in effect throughout the day on Sunday. This means wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph will be possible for close to 24 hours. Not only that, but we'll see some spotty rain before the mid-morning and much cooler conditions by the afternoon. Obviously, the winds are the primary threat. With the record-breaking rain this month, many trees are in very saturated soils. This coupled with strong winds could very well lead to uprooted trees. Also, flying debris and downed power lines will be a possibility. Personally, I've known many animals that aren't too fond of the windy conditions. Your pet may easily be scared by the winds, so you should keep your walks short tomorrow. Also, if we happen to see any power outages that will easily shut off any electric fences you may have for your pets in your backyard. With any animal, loud noises and bangs will likely may them uncomfortable or skittish, so make sure you and your pets limit your time outside on Sunday. Not only that, but temperatures will be in the 30's by Sunday afternoon, so it will feel like it's in the teens possibly before the end of the night.

Monday will still be a breezy day, but the cold air will take the headlines. Temperatures will feel like their in the single digits, so Monday will not be the greatest day to spend extra time outside. We'll see temperatures rebound going into the midweek before we see another shot of rain/snow on Wednesday. More seasonable and dry conditions shortly after before another system sets to cross into the Ohio Valley for next weekend.

It is still winter here in central Ohio and It is crucial to have a winter safety plan during extremely cold weather to ensure both you and your pets safety.

Know the signs before you subject you and your pet to the cold weather. Many dogs love the cold & snowy weather but there are also many breeds that aren't built to be outside for prolonged amounts of time.

The "Barking Message" for next week:
  • Watch out for wet paws on Saturday.
  • Strong winds on Sunday, so keep your walks short.
  • Stay in the habit of cleaning your pets' paws after walks outside!
  • More wet paws next Wednesday and next weekend.

Each Friday, I will be posting a new "Furr-cast" for the weekend and week ahead and I would like to feature some of your pets on my blog. Also, if you have any suggestions or comments on my blog, I'd love to hear input. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter and Facebook at Ross10tv. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents.

Categories: Ohio News

The 5 most common items mistakenly recycled in Franklin County

15 hours 13 min ago

COLUMBUS, OHIO - What's accepted for household recycling in one community may not be the same in the next. And, just because an item is plastic, doesn't necessarily mean it can be recycled even if it has a recycling mark on it.

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) has put forth efforts to better educate Franklin County residents on the 5 most common items that people mistakenly put in their household recycling bin.

1. Plastic bags

2. Clothing

3. Yogurt containers

4. Disposable coffee cups/lids

5. Plastic food containers

These items listed are not accepted either because they tangle in the recycling equipment leading to complications and additional costs or they are composed of materials that aren't able to be recycled with SWACO.

Hanna Greer-Brown, Communications Manager SWACO said, "Just because an item we want to dispose of has a recycling symbol on it or is made out of plastic, doesn't automatically mean it can be recycled in our household recycling program here in Franklin County."

SWACO is not responsible for what can and cannot be recycled but rather the Recycling Center.

"Those decisions are driven by economic factors," said Brown. Materials that are easily sorted and processed are favorable as well as having a demand for the specific material.

Greer-Brown said that certain materials such as plastic yogurt containers are not accepted in the household recycling program because of the different plastic material composition and the special process that is required in order to recycle it.

A quick and easy way to determine whether an item is able to be recycled is to look at bottle shape. You want something where the neck is smaller than the base.

Items such as plastic bags can be recycled at virtually all grocery stores. Clothes should be donated to a local nonprofit or Goodwill.

Plastic food containers and disposable coffee cups and lids should be reused or simply placed in the trash after use. Yogurt containers cannot be recycled with SWACO, but they are accepted at any Whole Foods for recycling as a part of the national "Gimme 5" plastic recycling program. This program uses yogurt cups and hummus containers to create new products such as toothbrushes, silverware and many other items.

Five items you can recycle with SWACO's household recycling program in Franklin County.

1. Plastic bottles & jugs

2. Paper and cardboard

3. Metal Cans

4. Cartons

5. Glass bottles and jars

SWACO's household recycling program in Franklin County is consistent from home-to-home which makes it easier and more convenient to recycle right.

For more information on what you can and cannot recycle in Franklin County, visit swaco.org for more details.

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Patriots owner Kraft denies charges of soliciting prostitute

16 hours 18 min ago

JUPITER, Fla. — Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday.

The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing. The case comes amid a crackdown on sex trafficking from Palm Beach to Orlando in which police planted cameras in massage parlors.

Kraft was not immediately arrested. Jupiter police said a warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. They said details about the misdemeanor charges against the owner of the Super Bowl champion team will not be released until next week.

Hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued in recent days as a result of the six-month investigation, and more are expected. Ten spas have been closed, and several people have been taken into custody on sex trafficking charges.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said he was shocked to learn that Kraft, who is worth $6 billion, was paying for sex inside a shopping-center massage parlor, the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. "We are as equally stunned as everyone else," Kerr said.

Most people charged for the first time with soliciting a prostitute in Florida are allowed to enter a diversion program, said attorney David Weinstein, a former prosecutor. Kraft would probably have to perform 100 hours of community service and attend a course on the harmful effects of prostitution and sex trafficking, he said.

The arrest could also get Kraft in trouble with the NFL, which in a statement said only that it is "aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments."

Under league policy, players, owners, coaches and other employees can be punished for "conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in" the NFL.

"Ownership and club or league management have traditionally been held to a higher standard and will be subject to more significant discipline," the policy says.

The Patriots won the Super Bowl this month over the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth NFL championship in the past 18 seasons, making them the most successful team in pro sports during that span. Before the Super Bowl, several retired NFL players appeared in a public service announcement decrying sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Atlanta, the host city.

Kraft lives in Massachusetts and has a home in the Palm Beach area. Though he is a Democrat, he is friendly with President Donald Trump and a frequent guest at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club. Kraft's wife, Myra Hiatt Kraft, died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander since 2012.

"Well it's very sad. I was very surprised to see it. He's proclaimed his innocence, totally," Trump said at the White House on Friday.

In a statement, Kraft's representatives said they "categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity."

The spa Kraft allegedly visited is in a busy, upper-middle-class shopping center with neighbors that include a dentist, a real estate office, surf and bike shops and a Publix supermarket.

After hearing about the arrest, Brian Rubino, a Patriot fan who lives nearby, went by the spa wearing a team jersey. He said Kraft made a mistake, but he could see how it might happen.

"A 77-year-old man, lost his wife, who knows? I see how you can end up in a place like this," Rubino said.

Vero Beach police Chief David Currey, whose agency has been involved in the sex-trafficking investigation, told reporters earlier this week that the prostitutes are victims who have been trapped into the trade.

"These girls are there all day long, into the evening. They can't leave and they are performing sex acts," Currey said, according to TCPalm. "Some of them may tell us they're OK, but they're not."

The owner of Orchids of Asia Day Spa, 58-year-old Hua Zhang, was arrested Tuesday on 29 prostitution and related charges. Police in her arrest report said they watched video of her employees performing various sex acts with two dozen customers. Her attorney, Gennaro Cariglio Jr., had no comment.

Kraft, who made his initial fortune through a packaging company, bought the Patriots in 1994 for $172 million to keep the team from moving to St. Louis. He hired Bill Belichick as coach in 2000, and the team later drafted quarterback Tom Brady, launching its nearly two decades of success.

In 2007, the Patriots got in trouble for filming other teams' signals. The NFL fined the team $250,000 and Belichick $500,000. In 2014, Brady was accused of deflating game footballs to gain a better grip. He served a four-game suspension, and the Patriots were fined $1 million.

Kraft was not implicated in either scandal.

Categories: Ohio News

Woman charged with murdering sister in east Columbus

17 hours 54 min ago

COLUMBUS -- Columbus police have identified the woman allegedly shot and killed by her sister in east Columbus.

It happened just after 3 a.m. in the 3100 block of East 13th Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers found Sade Carrie Garner, 32, lying in the driveway suffering from a gunshot wound and was later pronounced dead.

Authorities told 10TV the victim and suspect are sisters and had been involved in an altercation prior to the shooting.

Anjoure Lawrence, 35, was taken into custody and has been charged with murder.

This incident remains under investigation.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com for updates as this story develops.

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President Trump picks ambassador to Canada for UN post

20 hours 11 min ago

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has selected Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, as his nominee to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

President Trump said in a pair of tweets that Craft "has done an outstanding job representing our Nation" and he has "no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level."

Two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters had told The Associated Press that the president had been advised that Craft's confirmation would be the smoothest of the three candidates he had been considering to fill the job last held by Nikki Haley.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had backed Craft for the post, and she also has the support of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, the people said. Trump's first pick to replace Haley, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew over the weekend.

McConnell praised Craft as "an exceptional choice for this critical post." He added, "She has a long record of service to her state and the nation and I'm confident she will continue to serve with distinction as America's voice to the world at the United Nations."

Craft, a Kentucky native, was a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. General Assembly under President George W. Bush's administration. She is also friends with McConnell's wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and thanked Chao for her "longtime friendship and support" at her swearing-in as ambassador.

As U.S. ambassador to Canada, she played a role in facilitating the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

President Trump had also considered U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and former U.S. Senate candidate John James of Michigan for the post.

Nauert's withdrawal from consideration came amid a push within the administration to fill the position, given a pressing array of foreign policy concerns in which the United Nations, particularly the U.N. Security Council, is likely to play a significant role. From Afghanistan to Venezuela, the administration has pressing concerns that involve the world body, and officials said there had been impatience with the delays on Nauert's formal nomination.

The president said Dec. 7 that he would pick the former Fox News anchor and State Department spokeswoman for the U.N. job, but her nomination was never formalized. Notwithstanding other concerns that may have arisen during her confirmation, Nauert's nomination had languished in part due to the 35-day government shutdown that began Dec. 22 and interrupted key parts of the vetting process. Nauert cited family considerations in withdrawing from the post.

With Nauert out of the running, officials said Pompeo had been keen on Craft to fill the position. Although Pompeo would like to see the job filled, the vacancy has created an opportunity for him and others to take on a more active role in U.N. diplomacy. On Thursday, for example, Pompeo was in New York to meet with U.N. chief Antonio Guterres.

President Trump has demoted the U.N. position to sub-Cabinet rank, in a move backed by both Bolton and Pompeo, according to three other officials. Grenell had suggested he wasn't interested in a non-Cabinet role. The officials were not authorized to discuss internal personnel deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Haley had been a member of the Cabinet and had clashed repeatedly with former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and others during the administration's first 14 months. Bolton was not a Cabinet member when he served as U.N. ambassador in President George W. Bush's administration, and neither he nor Pompeo is eager to see a potential challenge to their foreign policy leadership in White House situation room meetings, according to the officials.

France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said she looks forward to working with Craft, if confirmed by the Senate, "after the particularly close and trusting partnership that I had developed with Ambassador Nikki Haley."

"I hope that Ms. Craft will continue, like Nikki Haley, to be a bridge between Washington and the UN at a time when we more than ever need an America that is engaged with the U.N. in world affairs and committed to our shared values, beginning with human rights," DeLattre said.

Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, said Craft was appointed ambassador to Canada because of her financial contributions to the Trump campaign, but said that's not unusual as past ambassadors have also contributed to presidents who have appointed them.

"I think Ottawa has regarded Craft as a lightweight, partly because of her background and partly because the sense is that Trump, unlike his predecessors, doesn't listen to his ambassadors or care what they think," Wiseman said.

Craft is married to billionaire coal-mining executive Joe Craft, and they are major Republican donors.

After being named ambassador to Canada, Craft made headlines for telling the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that she believes in "both sides" of climate science.

Craft has been ambassador during a low point in relations. Last year Trump called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weak and dishonest, words that shocked Canadians.

Categories: Ohio News

Police investigating if scenes are connected after 3 shot in northeast Columbus

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 21:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three people were shot and taken to hospitals from two different scenes in northeast Columbus Friday night.

Police said officers responded to two scenes around 11 p.m.

One scene was the area of East Hudson Street and McGuffey Road where police said a man was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital in stable condition.

The other scene was in the 1700 block of Kenmore Road. Police said a woman was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical but stable condition. She is expected to survive her injuries.

Another person was taken to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is expected to survive his injuries.

Dispatchers said officers are still investigating to see if the scenes are connected.

Categories: Ohio News

Studio offers free yoga class to veterans

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 20:18

HILLIARD, Ohio - On World Yoga Day on Friday, about a dozen veterans gathered at a studio in Hilliard for a free class.

Melanie Ross is a Warriors at Ease certified yoga instructor and a veteran.

“When my dad was diagnosed with cancer he always told me to breathe through this, we can stretch through this,” Ross said.

That is why she is so excited to take part in the World Yoga Day for team Red, White and Blue which is a non-profit with a mission to help veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

“Including yoga in the repertoire of what we do, lets them learn they can relax and find strength through those movements,” said Robin Zehnder Muskopf.

Friday night these warriors held their poses and let all the stress go.

“If I can get somebody to be able to just breathe and get through things and get through their day, it makes a world of difference,” Ross said.

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Trump vows veto as Democrats try to block emergency order

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 19:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House have teed up a vote next week to block President Donald Trump from using a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, accelerating a showdown in Congress that could divide Republicans and lead to Trump's first veto.

The Democrats introduced a resolution Friday to block Trump's declaration, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would vote on the measure Tuesday. It is sure to pass, and the GOP-run Senate may adopt it as well. Trump quickly promised a veto.

"Will I veto it? 100 percent," Trump told reporters at the White House.

Any Trump veto would likely be sustained, but the upcoming battle will test Republican support for the president's move, which even some of his allies view as a stretch — and a slap at lawmakers' control over the power of the federal purse.

Pelosi, D-Calif., said she'd honor her oath of office and uphold the Constitution, adding, "I wish he would have the same dedication to that oath of office himself." Speaking to reporters in Laredo, Texas, she said, "This is a path I would not recommend he go down. I don't expect him to sign it, but I do expect us to send it" to him.

House GOP leaders will urge rank-and-file Republicans on Monday to oppose the measure, Republican aides said. If all Democrats and at least 55 Republicans vote for it, it would pass by a veto-proof margin — a two-thirds majority. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity to describe leaders' plans.

A staff aide introduced the measure during a short pro forma House session in which Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., presided over an almost-empty chamber.

"What the president is attempting is an unconstitutional power grab," said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, the sponsor of the resolution, on a call with reporters. "There is no emergency at the border."

Trump's declaration of a national emergency gives him access to about $3.6 billion in funding for military construction projects to divert to border fencing. But the administration is more likely to tap funding from a federal asset forfeiture fund and Defense Department anti-drug efforts first.

Trump's edict is also being challenged in the federal courts, where a host of Democratic-led states such as California are among those that have sued to overturn Trump's order. The House may also join in.

For Democrats, the vote is another chance to challenge Trump over funding for a border wall, the issue that was central to the 35-day government shutdown. It also puts some Republicans from swing districts and states in a difficult spot, as many have expressed misgivings about Trump's action despite their support for his border security agenda.

Should the House and the Senate initially approve the measure, Congress seems unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities in each chamber that would be needed later to override a Trump veto.

Republicans who oppose the emergency declaration on the first vote might switch and rally behind a Trump veto. But an initial roll call with strong numbers of Republicans defying him would be an embarrassing show of GOP rifts.

The measure to block Trump's edict will be closely watched in the Senate, where moderates such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., have signaled they would back it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is only a reluctant supporter of Trump on the topic.

Trump's GOP allies promised they would uphold any veto denying Democrats the two-thirds votes required to overcome one.

"Democrats' angst over Congress' power of the purse is unwarranted, especially since the commander in chief's authority to redirect military funds for a national emergency is affirmed in a law passed by their own branch," said top House Judiciary Committee Republican Doug Collins of Georgia.

The battle is over an emergency declaration Trump issued to access billions of dollars beyond what Congress has authorized to start erecting border barriers. Building his proposed wall was the most visible trademark of Trump's presidential campaign.

Congress last week approved a vast spending bill providing nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles (89 kilometers) of border barriers in Texas' Rio Grande Valley while preventing a renewed government shutdown. Trump had demanded $5.7 billion to construct more than 200 miles (322 kilometers).

Trump wants to use an emergency declaration and other authorities to gain access to an additional $6.6 billion for wall building. That money would be transferred from a federal asset forfeiture fund, Defense Department anti-drug efforts and a military construction fund. Federal officials have yet to identify which projects would be affected.

Two senior defense officials said Friday that it will take months for the Pentagon to assess a still-to-come Department of Homeland Security proposal to siphon anti-drug funds to build barriers, sign contracts and begin construction. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to provide information that has not yet been made public.

Castro, the resolution sponsor, said that he has already garnered support from most of the House and has at least one GOP sponsor, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan.

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Ohio State investigating 12 reports of possible drugging off campus

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 18:55

The Ohio State University is investigating 12 reports of criminal drugging at off-campus areas, the university said Friday.

The university said those reports have shared with local law enforcement.

The university's Department of Public Safety says they have been made aware of accounts related to possible occurrences of drugging at off-campus parties and bars.

Ohio State posted a notice on Feb. 14 that it had become aware of these reported incidents and sent out precautions to students:

  • Party responsibly
  • Do not ingest unsealed beverages
  • Do not set drinks down or leave them unattended
  • Report suspicious activity to police


Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to report them immediately by calling OSUPD at 614-292-2121 or Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

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Ross County commissioners declare state of disaster for road repair funding

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 18:15

In Ross County, the road less traveled is not traveled for a reason.

"I think that it's a safety thing," Richard Hatfield said.

Hatfield has lived off of Cooks Hill Road since he was born in 1957. Just a stone's throw from his driveway is a road closure that has been blocked off since before Christmas.

"Here, lately, it's getting to where they're afraid to use any heavy equipment coming across, like the fire department and their truck and the rescue units," he said.

Cooks Hill is one of many roads across the county that commissioners say are in desperate need of repairs from saturated soil and flooding conditions.

Hatfield says these repairs are long overdue.

"Oh, yes," he said.

Roads are so bad, commissioners declared a state of disaster Tuesday. While figures continue to come in for possible costs, Commissioner Steve Neal says it could reach $250,000.

"I know it's hard to try to split that up and [determine] where it should go," Hatfield said.

In a statement, Neal says: "These costs were not anticipated in our budget. We're looking for help from the state to fix these problems. If not, the county engineer will have to adjust his budget to fix these repairs and delay other resurfacing or maintenance projects that were planned for later this summer."

Neal says he hopes to hear something back from the state in the next few weeks.

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Authorities identify man found dead in southeast Columbus apartment after fire

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 18:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Division of Fire has identified the man found dead in an apartment after a fire on the southeast side of Columbus Friday night.

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said neighbors saw smoke coming from the door and windows of an apartment in the 2300 block of Hudson Bay Way.

They knocked on the doors and windows trying to alert anyone inside and called 911.

When firefighters arrived they put out a small fire in the apartment, Martin said.

Martin said one person, identified as 52-year-old Curtis Crowder, was found dead inside.

Investigators were called to the scene.

"We do not know if the fire was a result of the occupant's death or the death was the result of the fire at this time," Martin said.

The fire department said no one else was hurt.

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10 Investigates: Has "Live PD" changed how the sheriff's office does its job?

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 16:32

High-speed chases make for great television, but tragic real-life consequences.

10TV has uncovered questions about the safety of the actions of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The people raising those questions are high-ranking officers from the Columbus Division of Police.

"They (the Sheriff's Office) don't have a strong enough pursuit policy," said one CPD Commander. "They chase everything. And if they're coming into the city more, that creates a danger within the city of Columbus."

In an internal email obtained by 10TV, a CPD Sergeant writes, "We are seeing more and more activity from the county... they seem to play by a complete different set of rules than we do. I've seen them driving (lights and sirens) for a (no driver's license offense)."

A third Columbus Police Supervisor said, "if you're chasing a bunch of cars that don't need chased; they're going to get somebody killed."

Columbus Police sources say the problem has come to a head since the Sheriff's Office joined the popular reality crime show "Live PD."

"They never take calls in the city," a CPD Supervisor said. "Now they're showing up on our shootings and robberies. They're trying to get into extra stuff to make good TV."

10TV took those concerns to Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin.

Glenn McEntyre: "Do the cameras change behavior?"
Sheriff Baldwin: "I think they can. And that was an issue I talked about with our command staff and our deputies early on. And we have reinforced a couple of times. to make sure that you're not playing to the camera. You're there to do a job. You're paid to be in a particular area. If the camera happens to catch it, that's fine. If it's a slow night in your area, it's a slow night."

Monday starting at 5 p.m., 10 Investigates reveals the concerns of Columbus law enforcement, and why they believe "Live PD" has changed how the Sheriff's Office does its job.

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