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Regulators: $2.1M more needed for marijuana legal fees

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State regulators are seeking $2.1 million in additional money to cover legal costs tied to medical marijuana lawsuits against Ohio's Department of Commerce.

The department is one of three state agencies overseeing Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program.

A department senior official told the state's Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee in Columbus on Thursday that the agency needs the extra money to cover legal costs from lawsuits that were brought by companies denied medical marijuana cultivators' licenses.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the department official, Mark Hamlin, told the committee that the $1 million budgeted for the legal costs wasn't enough. He says the department has requested a loan from the state emergency fund for the additional $2.1 million.

That request would have to be approved by the state Controlling Board.

Categories: Ohio News

Florida man executed for fatally stabbing woman in 1992

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 04:40

STARKE, Fla. — A man convicted of the fatal stabbing and beating death of a woman in Miami-Dade County 26 years ago was executed Thursday night in Florida.

Jose Antonio Jimenez, 55, received a lethal injection and was pronounced dead at 9:48 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke. He was sentenced to death for the 1992 killing of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas in her North Miami apartment.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal earlier Thursday.

The execution took about 15 minutes to complete and Jimenez had no last words to say. As the three-drug protocol was performed, Jimenez appeared to take numerous rapid, deep breaths and occasionally moved his head.

Minas' nephew, Alan Pattee, said in a written statement that his family believes justice was done.

"Mr. Jimenez has shown no remorse or repentance for his crime. My aunt was innocent and loving, and a faithful sister to my father," the statement said. "His execution will allow closure to a painful memory of the vicious murder Mr. Jimenez was responsible for."

Court records show that on Oct. 2, 1992, Minas found Jimenez in her second-floor apartment. During his trial, neighbors said they heard her screaming, and they tried to enter, but someone inside had locked the door.

Prosecutors at the trial said a fingerprint found on the inside of the apartment's front door matched Jimenez' print. Also, the building's custodian said he saw Jimenez jump from a balcony of Minas' second-floor apartment.

The defense argued that Jimenez didn't stab or kill Minas, and that all of the evidence against him was circumstantial.

Authorities say Jimenez was a cocaine addict who was burglarizing Minas' apartment when she came home and surprised him. Investigators said Minas, a longtime employee of the Miami-Dade Court Clerk's office, was stabbed eight times

After a weeklong trial, Jimenez was found guilty and subsequently sentenced to death.

After his arrest, Jimenez also was convicted of a prior burglary and second-degree murder in the 1990 death of another woman in Miami Beach.

Over the years, he filed various appeals. In an appeal filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this week, Jimenez and his attorneys said detectives who investigated the case gave "false or, at best, misleading testimony." Also, they said, several key police reports were lost.

Additionally, his attorneys filed a motion asking the court to issue a stay of execution and consider whether Florida's lethal injection protocol is cruel and unusual punishment and violates the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The lawyers pointed to the February execution of Eric Branch using the same drugs in which experts later concluded he felt significant pain, including screaming out the word "murderers!" several times as he thrashed about on the gurney.

The justices denied Jimenez's appeals and request for a stay of execution Thursday night.

In July, Gov. Rick Scott signed Jimenez's death warrant and scheduled the execution for August.

But the Florida Supreme Court issued a stay to consider a number of Jimenez's claims, including that he was denied access to public records, that the Florida drug protocol can cause him harm and that it was cruel for him to be executed after 23 years on death row. In October, the court denied all those claims and lifted the stay.

According to corrections officials, there have been 28 executions since Scott took office in 2011.

That's the most of any Florida governor since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

Categories: Ohio News

City wrapping up work in the Short North just in time for holiday haul

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 01:22

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One of the most iconic neighborhoods in the City of Columbus, the Short North, has seen a lot of change over the last year.

The most obvious change for visitors so far has come in the form of new businesses and orange barrels popping up like wildflowers.

But the city tells 10TV some of the latest changes in the Short North were much needed and they are just about complete.

The improvements made to the High Street Corridor, from the Columbus Convention Center to the south end of the University District, have mainly impacted pedestrian safety.

Now, those improvements are wrapping up, just in time for a major shopping haul, according to the Columbus Department of Public Service.

The completion comes as a relief to area businesses and residents.

“We’re very excited that the construction season is wrapping up here for 2018, just in time for the holidays,” said Betsy Pandora, executive director for the Short North Alliance. “You know, folks that maybe haven’t had an opportunity to come down to the Short North in a while, we’re really excited to see them back.”

Getting to this point has been a long road for the businesses and construction crews alike.

“Our sidewalks were buckling and there were really a lot of lighting and safety issues, so community members came together over a number of years to provide feedback to the city on things that could make for the neighborhood to be safer and to help beautify the neighborhood and the city began making those investments last year and continued that this year in the Short North,” Pandora said.

In an effort to improve safety and walkability in the neighborhood, the city repaved and widened the sidewalks.

Crews extended curbs, protecting parked cars and helping pedestrians cross the street in less time, and the city also laid out brighter crosswalk markings and planted trees that would not block the lighting.

“A lot of the major work is done,” said James Young, with the City of Columbus department of public service. “So now it’s going to be more rolling work, like planting shrubs or grasses or what not and taking down the rest of the overhead wiring.”

But the work hasn't been without challenges.

“We’ve lost at least 20 days to rain this year so it’s been a real challenge to get all the work done and get it ready for winter,” Young said.

The area felt it, according to Pandora.

“This has been an a-typical year and I think it’s been challenging for people to weather that much construction,” she said.

Ninety percent of the business community in the Short North is locally owned or headquartered, while 75 percent are extremely small, Pandora said. That fact alone can make things challenging when major construction digs in.

“We really had to do a lot of education to the city as to how they could create a supportive environment for small businesses to exist with that level of construction,” Pandora said.

While area goers may still see roadblocks, the city’s work is just about through, according to Young.

“There’s still private work going on in the area and that’s been one of the struggles with the projects,” Young said.

Much of what people see now is work commissioned by the businesses and building owners themselves.

At this time, the city is prepping for the next phase of the High Street Streetscape, from 2nd Ave to 9th Ave in January.

But the improvements made thus far give Short North advocates hope for an even brighter future.

“We really want to see everybody come back down and support small businesses for the holiday season. Construction like that is challenging and people certainly need support now,” Pandora said.

Pandora also told 10TV that the district is running a shopping incentive through the month of December.

Shoppers can pick up a sticker at participating businesses in the Short North. After collecting five, they can redeem a $50 parking meter gift card at Le Meridian, the Joseph Hotel.

Categories: Ohio News

"Heartbeat Bill" passes Ohio House; Gov. Kasich says he plans to veto

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 23:35

The Ohio House of Representatives has voted 53-32 to approve House Bill 258. It comprises Senate amendments to a highly restrictive anti-abortion bill despite indications it has little chance of passage this year. The vote came just before 1:20 a.m. Thursday morning.

The GOP-controlled Ohio Senate by an 18-13 vote Wednesday passed House Bill 258, nicknamed the "heartbeat bill." The measure bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected at 12 weeks. The original proposed bill wanted to ban abortions at six weeks of conception.

Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich has promised to veto the bill as he did with a similar measure in 2016. He has 10 days to veto the bill.

If Gov. Kasich vetoes the bill, lawmakers would be forced to return over holiday break for an override vote to try and get the law to pass before the session ends for the year.

Ohio Right to Life, the state's oldest and largest anti-abortion group, remains neutral on the bill due to concerns over its constitutionality.

Republican Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, who takes office in January, has said he would sign such a bill if it crossed his desk.

Categories: Ohio News

Nancy Wilson, Ohio native Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:19

LOS ANGELES — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning "song stylist" and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.

Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press late Thursday night. She was 81.

Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to "Little Green Apples" and in the 1960s alone released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard's pop charts. Sometimes elegant and understated, or quick and conversational and a little naughty, she was best known for such songs as her breakthrough "Guess Who I Saw Today" and the 1964 hit "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am," which drew upon Broadway, pop and jazz.

She resisted being identified with a single category, especially jazz, and referred to herself as a "song stylist."

"The music that I sing today was the pop music of the 1960s," she told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2010. "I just never considered myself a jazz singer. I do not do runs and — you know. I take a lyric and make it mine. I consider myself an interpreter of the lyric."

Wilson's dozens of albums included a celebrated collaboration with Cannonball Adderley, "Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley," a small group setting which understandably could be called jazz; "Broadway — My Way"; "Lush Life"; and "The Nancy Wilson Show!" a best-selling concert recording. "How Glad I Am" brought her a Grammy in 1965 for best R&B performance, and she later won Grammys for best jazz vocal album in 2005 for the intimate "R.S.V.P (Rare Songs, Very Personal)" and in 2007 for "Turned to Blue," a showcase for the relaxed, confident swing she mastered later in life. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a "Jazz Masters Fellowship" in 2004 for lifetime achievement.

Wilson also had a busy career on television, film and radio, her credits including "Hawaii Five-O," ''Police Story," the Robert Townshend spoof "Meteor Man" and years hosting NPR's "Jazz Profiles" series. Active in the civil rights movement, including the Selma march of 1965, she received an NAACP Image Award in 1998.

Wilson was married twice — to drummer Kenny Dennis, whom she divorced in 1970; and to Wiley Burton, who died in 2008. She had three children.

Born in Chillcote, Ohio, the eldest of six children of an iron foundry worker and a maid, Wilson sang in church as a girl and by age 4 had decided on her profession. She was in high school when she won a talent contest sponsored by a local TV station and was given her own program. After briefly attending Central State College, she toured Ohio with the Rusty Bryant's Carolyn Club Big Band and met such jazz artists as Adderley, who encouraged her to move to New York.

She soon had a regular gig at The Blue Morocco, and got in touch with Adderley's manager, John Levy.

"He set up a session to record a demo," Wilson later observed during an interview for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. "Ray Bryant and I went in and recorded 'Guess Who I Saw Today,' 'Sometimes I'm Happy,' and two other songs. We sent them to Capitol and within five days the phone rang. Within six weeks I had all the things I wanted."

Her first album, "Like in Love!", came out in 1959, and she had her greatest commercial success over the following decade despite contending at times with the latest sounds. Gamely, she covered Beatles songs ("And I Love Her" became "And I Love Him"), Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "Son of a Preacher Man," on which she strained to mimic Aretha Franklin's fiery gospel style. She was so outside the contemporary music scene an interviewer once stumped her by asking about Cream, the million-selling rock trio featuring Eric Clapton.

"It took me years to know what that question was about. Remember, I was constantly working or I was traveling to perform. The '60s for me were about work," she told JazzWax in 2010.

In the 1970s and after, she continued to record regularly and perform worldwide, at home in nightclubs, concert halls and open-air settings, singing at jazz festivals from Newport to Tokyo. She officially stopped touring with a show at Ohio University in September 2011, but had been thinking of stepping back for years. When she turned 70, in 2007, she was guest of honor at a Carnegie Hall gala. The show ended with Wilson performing such favorites as "Never, Never Will I Marry," ''I Can't Make You Love Me" and the Gershwin classic "How Long Has This Been Going On?"

"After 55 years of doing what I do professionally, I have a right to ask how long? I'm trying to retire, people," she said with a laugh before leaving the stage to a standing ovation.

In accordance with Wilson's wishes, there will be no funeral service, a family statement said. A celebration of her life will be held most likely in February, the month of her birth.

She is survived by her son, Kacy Dennis; daughters Samantha Burton and Cheryl Burton; sisters Karen Davis and Brenda Vann and five grandchildren.

Categories: Ohio News

Homes evacuated in Lancaster due to gas leak

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 18:08

LANCASTER, Ohio - Several homes in Lancaster have been evacuated because of a gas leak Thursday night.

The leak is in the area of 5th Avenue and Maple Street.

The Lancaster Fire Department and Lancaster Municipal Gas are on the scene working to locate and fix the leak.

The Red Cross is on the scene to assist those who had to evacuate.

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Kasich continues serious look at 3rd presidential run

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:31

BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he'd prefer to run for president as a Republican, but only if he's entering a primary he could win.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Kasich acknowledged he probably couldn't defeat President Donald Trump if the election were held today.

He says he's seriously considering his options and letting his advisers monitor the daily troubles Trump is facing, including talk of impeachment.

"If you're going to run as a Republican you have to have a sense that if you get into primaries you can win. Right now, probably couldn't win," he told the AP. "But that's today. It's ever changing."

Primary challenges against incumbent presidents are rare but not unprecedented. The last time it happened was in 1992, when Republican Pat Buchanan unsuccessfully challenged President George H.W. Bush. Twelve years earlier, Democrat Ted Kennedy mounted a challenge to President Jimmy Carter.

Kasich, leaving office after eight years because of term limits, has previously made two presidential runs. Should he enter the Republican fray in 2020, it would put in play his electorally critical home state, which Kasich won resoundingly in the 2016 primary against Trump and others.

Kasich didn't address recent developments such as Wednesday's sentencing of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal Trump's alleged sexual affairs.

Kasich said he's been told there's money around the country for a run but acknowledged that fundraising would be a factor.

"If you're not around the hoop, you can't get a rebound," Kasich said. "So we're hanging around the hoop, and we're very serious about this. How would we not be?"

"It's not like I wouldn't do it," he said of a potential run. "You can't be afraid to do it."

Trump said in a Fox-TV interview Thursday that he hopes Kasich or retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake mount a primary challenge.

Kasich's political adviser John Weaver responded: "Be careful what you wish for."

Kasich was the last primary challenger left in the GOP race when he stepped down in 2016, even though he only won his home state of Ohio. But he has been a consistent critic of Trump since then, dinging the president on everything from tax cuts that weren't paid for to the immigration policy of family separation.

Asked if Trump has done anything he agrees with, Kasich said border control, lower taxes, and higher financial contributions from European allies are all needed. But the president has set too negative a tone when he's not wrong, with an overall "dismal" record, Kasich said.

"Tariffs are a bad idea. Debt is a bad idea. Family separation is a bad idea. Demonizing immigrants is a bad idea. And breaking down our alliances is bad too," Kasich said.

The Ohio Democratic Party chairman, no fan of many of Kasich's actions as governor, said Thursday that he admired Kasich's willingness to take on Trump.

"For the sake of the country, I do think having someone, one person in that party, willing to actually speak out, is something that's a good thing," chairman David Pepper said.

Dressed in slacks, a pullover and casual shoes, Kasich spoke for about 30 minutes at the governor's residence in suburban Bexley, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from his downtown Columbus offices. Unlike previous governors, Kasich chose not to live in the residence, keeping his home in another Columbus suburb.

Kasich said he's not worried about defending his anti-Trump positions to the Republican National Committee in the event of another run, saying he goes "right to the folks."

Though Republicans control nearly all statewide offices in Ohio, Kasich has faced problems with his own party here. He backed expansion of Medicaid over party members, and also unsuccessfully pushed for taxes on the oil and gas industry because of booming revenue from natural gas fracking.

Just this month, Republican state lawmakers have pushed a strict abortion ban Kasich previously vetoed and a gun bill leaving out a Kasich-backed measure that would allow gun rights to be temporarily stripped from people who show warning signs of violence.

The governor called those actions a political consideration by fellow Ohio Republicans he had no plans to fight over.

He also said he didn't want to be known as a critic of Trump, but rather as a national voice for every person mattering, and every person thinking about their impact on the world.

"These things matter to me a great deal, in that we can all live a life a little bigger than ourselves," Kasich said.

Categories: Ohio News

Dog found abandoned in Mansfield dumpster

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:12

Officials in Richland County are asking the public for information about the owner of a dog who was found in a dumpster in Mansfield.

The Humane Society of Richland County said the dog was found by Good Samaritans. The daughter of one of those people named the dog Hopi-Dopi.

In an update posted Thursday, the humane society said Hopi has a skin infection, double ear infection, intestinal parasites and a mammary tumor.

Hopi is on antibiotics and she also got treatment for her ears.

She will be spayed and have her tumor removed and biopsied.

If anyone has any information about the dog or its owners, contact the humane society at (419) 774-4795.

If you would like to donate to her care you can do so at www.adoptourstrays.com.

Categories: Ohio News

Girl charged with murder in connection to fatal officer-involved shooting of 16-year-old

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A 16-year-old girl has been charged with murder in connection to the death of 16-year-old Julius Tate Jr., who was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer.

Masonique Saunders was arrested on Dec. 13 on charges of robbery and murder because police said she played a role in the commission of the felony robbery that resulted in the death of Tate.

Police said Julius Tate had committed at least two previous armed robberies and, on the night he was killed, held up an undercover officer.

Police said they responded to an ad on a social media sale site to exchange an item for cash Dec. 7.

Police did not know the identity of the person posting the sale ad, so undercover SWAT officers responded to the ad and set up a meeting.

Police said 16-year-old Julius Tate Jr. arrived at the meeting place Friday evening and pointed a gun at a SWAT officer in plain clothes. The teen was shot and killed by another officer.

Police said they recovered a weapon at the shooting scene.

Tate’s family said they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Categories: Ohio News

OSU study: Roundabouts could be key to stopping distracted driving

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A study by the Risk Institute at The Ohio State University has found roundabouts prevent distracted driving.

The university research group studied driver response and behaviors and found no fatalities within Ohio roundabouts.

“Focusing on roundabouts, we saw no fatalities at all within roundabouts as contrasted to a more conventional cross intersection,” said Executive Director of Risk Institute Phil Renaud. “There’s plenty of signage that requires people to yield and pay attention as they approach the roundabout.”

Researchers have determined that driving crashes are five-to-10 times more likely to be fatal than severe in a rear-end or lane-change head-on crash.

Researchers also determined distracted driving caused 18 percent of overall Ohio crash fatalities and 16 percent of serious injuries in Ohio.

“We’ve got to do something to get ahead of this,” Renaud said. “Our phones are becoming fixtures, things that we incorporate and use... Our phones are becoming just a way of life.”

Phase two of the study is slated to begin in 2019, which will focus on distracted drivers outside the state of Ohio.

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Trump says Mexico will pay for wall; Mexican president says he didn't talk wall funding

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:30

After a phone conversation with the Mexican president Wednesday, President Trump asserted the next day that Mexico would pay for a border wall, a promise he often made on the campaign trail. The Mexican president, however, denied that the two discussed wall funding during their call, which was about immigration.

"I often stated, 'One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.' This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!" Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning, suggesting that the money saved by the newly negotiated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement would be tantamount to Mexico paying for a border wall between the two countries.

Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador discussed illegal migration from Central America to the United States, as waves of immigrants seeking asylum approach the southern border. Lopez Obrador said Thursday morning that the topic of funding for a border wall was not discussed "in any conversation."

"It was a respectful and friendly conversation," Lopez Obrador said, according to Reuters. Mexico has previously bristled at the idea that it would be responsible for the funding of a border wall, which has been a point of contention between the two countries.

Trump's preoccupation with the wall has been evident during a domestic fight with Congress over wall funding in government appropriations measures that face a deadline in the next two weeks. Trump is requesting $5 billion for the wall, but Democrats will only commit to $1.6 billion. At a combative Oval Office meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday, Trump said that he would bear responsibility for shutting down the government if he does not get sufficient funding for the wall.

"I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck," the president said, speaking to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. "So I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not gonna blame you for it. The last time you shut it down it didn't work. I will take the mantle of shutting down. And I'm gonna shut it down for border security."

The funding for agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the State Department runs out on Dec. 21, days before Christmas.

"The president has the White House, he has the Senate, he has the House of Representatives, all in Republican control," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said after the meeting on Wednesday. "He has the power to keep government open. Instead, he has admitted in this meeting that he will take responsibility, the Trump shutdown is something that can be avoided."

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio House passes portion of Reagan Tokes Act

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:14

The Ohio House has passed a portion of the Reagan Tokes Act Thursday following its passage through the House committee the day before.

#BREAKING - an amended version of SB 201 - a portion of the #ReaganTokes act has just passed the Ohio House. @10TV #10TV

— Bennett Haeberle (@bhaeberle) December 13, 2018

Senate Bill 201 would drastically change how violent felons are sentenced in Ohio.

It passed out of the House criminal justice committee by a 10 to 0 vote Wednesday in an amended version.

The bill would allow judges to sentence criminals convicted of violent crimes or level 1 or 2 felonies to a range of years in prison rather than a determined sentence.

The legislation is named after Reagan Tokes, the Ohio State student who was kidnapped, raped and murdered in 2017 by a convicted sex offender , Brian Golsby, who had been released from prison months before her death.

Despite wearing a GPS ankle monitor during Tokes murder and other crimes, records reviewed by 10 Investigates show that Golsby and other offenders are not always closely monitored by the state’s parole system.

Prior to his release from prison in the fall of 2016, Golsby misbehaved while behind bars, garnering dozens of sanctions. But current Ohio law would not allow prison officials to keep Golsby behind bars. Golsby was convicted of Tokes’ death in April and is currently serving out a life sentence.

Some of the amendments to SB 201 that passed favorably by the criminal justice committee Wednesday included:

- Removing 3rd degree felonies from the list of criminals who could receive indeterminate sentences.

- And instead of require the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to create a statewide GPS program and database, the new language in SB 201 calls for DRC to create a feasibility study to return to lawmaker by June 30, 2019.

- Another amendment also makes recommendations that DRC work to reduce the number of offenders who are released from prison homeless – as Golsby was – but does not require it.

The bill now moves back to the Senate for a final vote before heading to Gov. John Kasich's desk.

Categories: Ohio News

Authorities: Bomb threats emailed across US appear to be hoax

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:31

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax.

The New York City Police Department said the threats sent Thursday were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and are not considered credible.

Some of the emails had the subject line: "Think Twice."

The Palm Beach County, Florida sheriff's office and the Boise, Idaho police said they had no reason to believe that threats made to locations in those areas were credible.

Across the country, some schools were closed early and others were evacuated because of the threats. Penn State University noticed students via a campus alert. Near Atlanta, people were ushered out of a courthouse.

In central Ohio, Reynoldsburg police confirmed the school district received an email asking for Bitcoin and said there was an explosive device in their place of business.

Capital University evacuated one building after receiving a threat Thursday. No other details about the threat were released.

EMAIL BOMB THREATS:
CPD's Homeland Security Section has been informed of a nationwide email threat being distributed.
The originator threatens to blow up buildings if Bit Coins aren't paid out. This is a generic email being sent out.
Call us with any threat: CPD: 911/614-645-4545 pic.twitter.com/axzB1G3zUt

— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) December 13, 2018

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Will Central Ohio have a White Christmas?

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:48

Christmas is almost upon us and we're getting a lot of questions regarding our chances to see a white Christmas. A white Christmas by the National Weather Service(NWS) standards require 1" of snow or more on the ground on Christmas morning.

Image courtesy: NOAA

Our most recent white Christmas was last year(1" snow depth) and we've had 3 total since 2000. On average, we see a white Christmas about 25% of the time. ​So yes, there is a chance but based on climatology, it's not as high as what many are probably hoping. That is also the case for this year based on the latest forecast guidance.

The Climate Prediction Center(CPC) temperature forecast for December 20 through the 26 leads slightly above average for Ohio.

The precipitation forecast is similar, with a slightly above average tilt over the time period. Based on this, I believe that chances for a white Christmas are low as of now.

This is a broad assumption considering the lack of information that is currently available. As we get within 7-10 days, models will begin to hint at potential storm systems moving through the area, which could then lead to rain/snow based on how temperatures pan out. Once we are within a week, models will begin to come in line and we'll have more information and confidence on whether or not we'll see a white Christmas for the second year in a row. In the meantime, keep it here with 10TV for the latest.

Categories: Ohio News

Capital University building evacuated after bomb threat

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A building a Capital University was evacuated after a reported bomb threat in one of their buildings.

The university made this announcement on their Twitter page.

CapAlert: There has been a bomb threat at Yochum Hall. Please evacuate Yochum Hall until further notice.

— Capital University (@Capital_U) December 13, 2018

No other information was immediately available.

Categories: Ohio News

High schooler gives classmate with special needs surprise Christmas gift

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:37

Friends at an Arizona high school are inspiring others after a surprise gift giving was caught on camera.

Matthew Sabetta is a Maricopa High School student who has Williams syndrome, a developmental disorder that includes characteristics like health issues and developmental delays.

Senior Jacob Marr met Sabetta at school and learned he loves cement trucks, so he got him a Tonka Truck for Christmas.

Sabetta was shocked and overjoyed. His parents said he brings the truck everywhere now.

"It was a big surprise,” Sabetta said. “I got happy tears, it was my lucky day.”

Marr said Sabetta makes everyone’s day, so he figured he could make his day at least once.

The principal of Maricopa High said he has 2,400 students, and the friendship between the two teens showed great things can happen when students care about each other.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio State players: Urban Meyer won't let go until the end

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Retiring Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn't easing out of the job just yet, not as long as there's one more game to win.

Buckeyes players said this week that Meyer has been at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for every practice and is fully engaged in preparations for the Rose Bowl. As usual, he's still sweating the small stuff. That kind of intensity made him one of the greatest college coaches of all time, but it also hastened his exit from the game.

Meyer announced Dec. 5 he would step down after the Jan. 1 game and hand the keys to the program to offensive coordinator Ryan Day. Debilitating headaches caused by a cyst in Meyer's brain worsened throughout the season, and he said he needs to step away from the high-stress job. His season started with a three-game suspension over mismanagement of now-fired assistant Zach Smith, who had been accused of domestic abuse.

By all accounts, he hasn't taken his foot off the gas yet, even if he seems to be enjoying himself more than usual.

"Usually coach Meyer is really tough on us, but it brings the best out of us," running back Mike Weber said. "But lately it is good to just see him smile and joke around and everything is not always about football. You get to enjoy him kind of like a father figure, just enjoy having normal conversations and see a different side of him."

"Seeing a smile on his face brings a smile to your face," receiver Johnnie Dixon said, "because you see nothing but joy and know he's at peace right now."

Despite emerging with an 11-1 record, a second-consecutive Big Ten championship, Rose Bowl berth and No. 6 ranking, this season was a rough one for the seventh-year Ohio State coach.

It began with a three-game suspension. When he got back, he lost star defensive end Nick Bosa to a season-ending injury and the defense struggled, leading to a loss at Purdue on Oct. 20 that ultimately kept the Buckeyes out of the College Football Playoff.

Meyer seemed in pain at times on the sideline. During one game in early October, he dropped to a knee because of a severe headache and was treated by medical staff.

All of that, he acknowledged, contributed to his decision to retire but remain in Columbus and stay connected in some capacity to Ohio State. He said he won't coach again.

"I don't think that it has dampened any spirits," offensive tackle Isaiah Prince said. "I think it is a little emotional because coach Meyer has done a lot for us, especially me. I am forever grateful for him, but I think a lot of us have the attitude to just go out with a bang and send coach Meyer out the right way."

The Buckeyes face No. 9 Washington, the PAC 12 champion, in Pasadena.

"(He's) still driving, still pushing us," defensive tackle Robert Landers said. "You mess up, he's gonna tell you about it, so nothing has changed. I feel that's a part of what coach Meyer is. He's naturally a competitor. Stepping out is one of the hardest things he's had to do and while he's still here in the facility, he's not gonna change. It's in his nature. He couldn't help it if he wanted to."

Players said the "win one for coach" talk is intensifying.

"When one of your toughest soldiers is calling it quits, we need to go out with a bang," Dixon said. "It means a lot to us and a lot to him — all the work we've put in together. It's a good thing to leave him with something that would mean a lot to him, which is another win."

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

As expected, junior defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones said he's foregoing his senior year to enter the NFL draft. Several Ohio State players will decide whether to leave early for the draft, but they are waiting until after the Rose Bowl to make any announcement.

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is among them. The Heisman Trophy finalist broke scores of single-season passing records in his first year as a starter. If he leaves, which he is expected to do, he's projected to be a first-round pick.

Others include Weber, safety Jordan Fuller, linebacker Malik Harrison and receiver K.J. Hill.

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CPD: Couple stole from elderly woman recovering from surgery

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:16

The Columbus Division of Police is attempting to find a man and woman who allegedly stole from an elderly woman they were assisting while she recovered from surgery.

Thirty-seven-year-old Amanda Clark and 35-year-old Cammeron Watson are accused of acquiring debits cards from the woman. They used the cards repeatedly from March through September 2018.

The pair also made numerous cash withdrawals from ATMs at several locations in the area of E. Main St. and Hamilton Rd.

Four felony warrants have been filed for both Clark and Watson, three for forgery and one for receiving stolen property.

Clark is described as white female, 5 feet 5 inches, 120-140 pounds with red hair and blue eyes.

Watson is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch, 190-210 pounds with red hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone who may know the whereabouts of either Clark or Watson is asked to contact Det. M. Perry in CPD’s Fraud/Forgery Unit at 614-645-2407 or mperry@columbuspolice.org.

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MADD teams up with Uber to keep drunk drivers off the road this holiday season

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:07

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the number of people killed by a drunk driver has increased 35 percent in the past five years. Now, MADD is teaming up with Uber to launch a campaign to convince people to ride, not drive, after drinking.

At her home in Powell, surrounded by three children who are filled with excitement inspired by Santa, Deanna Russo said the holiday season is bittersweet.

"The pain is very real, especially at Christmas," Russo said.

Twenty years ago, her sister, Karen, was killed in Buffalo, New York, when a drunk driver crossed the double yellow line and collided with the vehicle Karen was riding in. She was 18.

Russo said she got a phone call in the middle of the night to go to the hospital.

"A police investigator walked in and said there was an accident, and Karen didn't make it,” she said.

Russo said the drunk driver who killed sister her had a blood alcohol level of .14.

A holiday ornament displaying Karen's photo dangles on the Christmas tree alongside the ornaments crafted by the nieces and nephew who never got to meet their aunt.

Statistics suggest before the holiday season is over, more than one Ohio family will understand Deanna Russo's pain.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said last year during the Christmas holiday, nine people were killed on the roads. Three of those deadly crashes were OVI-related.

It continued through the New Year, where OSHP reported five fatal crashes that ended six lives. Troopers said two of those crashes were OVI-related.

During the entire holiday week in 2017, Ohio troopers made nearly 300 OVI arrests.

Troopers caution drunk drivers are on the roads at all times of the day, every day of the week. In 2017, OSHP arrested more than 400 drunk drivers between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Russo said after 20 years, she is left with the reality that the crash that ended her sister's life was completely preventable. This holiday season, Russo is urging everyone to arrange a safe ride home before they head out to festive celebrations.

"Drunk driving is not something that you should think about when you're at the party, or at the bar, and you've had two, or three, or four, because by then, it's too late," she said.

For more information on the campaign between MADD and Uber, click here.

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Man rescued in coal mine: Four-day ordeal was 'terrible'

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:04

CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) - Their faces covered in black soot, three adults safely rescued after several days in an abandoned West Virginia coal mine were mobbed by loved ones in a teary reunion, then they thanked the crews that got them out.

The three walked out of an ambulance at a fire hall in Whitesville to the screams of relatives for a brief reunion Wednesday night before being taken to a hospital.

Cody Beverly told news outlets the four-day experience inside Elk Run Coal's Rock House Powellton mine near Clear Creek "was terrible."

"I'm with my family now. I'm fine," he said.

Beverly later told NBC News "this is the biggest lesson I've ever learned in my life. This is a life-changing experience for me."

Randall Williams, whose daughter, Kayla Williams, was among the rescued, said she had gone into the mine in search of copper.

People in the region do "whatever they can do to make money if they ain't got a job," Randall Williams told CBS News.

Reports of people entering abandoned mines in search of copper to sell are not uncommon.

Two weeks ago, crews abandoned their search at another mine for a missing man suspected of stealing copper. Two other men who were arrested indicated the third man had gone inside a mine, but the search was called off after a search team encountered unsafe conditions.

Abandoned coal mines contain toxic levels of gas, and roof falls, flooding and other dangers may exist. The latest search effort had prompted Gov. Jim Justice to issue a plea for people to stay away from abandoned mines.

The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office had identified those rescued as Beverly, 21, of Dorothy; Kayla Williams, 25, of Artie; and Erica Treadway, 31, of Pax. They had been missing since Saturday. A fourth person, Eddie Williams, 43, of Artie, walked out of the mine Monday. An abandoned ATV the four were believed to be riding was found near the mine's entrance.

Williams' aunt, Sandra Scarbro of Clear Creek, told The Register-Herald of Beckley, "We got our Christmas miracle. All we really know is she's alive, and we're so thankful that she's out and that they're all out. We appreciate everybody in the community, the governor and rescuers, everything everybody has done."

Crews had used fans to move fresh air into the mine while pumps cleared some standing water inside the mine, but the water levels remained too high and hampered search efforts.

"My shoes were soaked, and I couldn't get my feet warm," Treadway said as she was being placed on an ambulance stretcher.

According to the state mine safety office, coal has not been mined at the underground location for two years.

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