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FBI looking for suspect in Columbus internet café murders; $10,000 reward for information

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 19:57

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The FBI is looking for information on a suspect involved in a January double homicide in Columbus.

Christopher Alexander King is accused of killing two people during a robbery at Players Paradise in Columbus on January 20.

King and one accomplice attacked 52-year-old Karen R. Arrington. The two were then confronted by a security guard, 38-year-old Joseph M. Arrington.

King allegedly shot both Karen and Joseph.

Two other people are in custody in relation to this homicide.

King was charged with robbery and murder on July 18 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The FBI considers King to be armed and dangerous. They are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office, Columbus Resident Agency at 614-849-1994.

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus police ask for help identifying man with possible connection to double murder

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 19:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's been 82 days and those who live on Pauline Avenue say they still remember that day.

"It was about 3 in the afternoon," one man said. "I was just out here doing some yard work - next thing you know there's cops everywhere."

The man lives on Pauline Avenue but asked 10TV not to identify him. He knew Donald and Sharon Fadley, the husband and wife who were found inside their home. Sharon, 70, was in her chair, dead. Donald, 72, was taken to the hospital where he died hours later.

"They were good neighbors," the man said. "Don, he walked his dogs every day."

Since then, the Columbus Police Department hasn't said much about what happened or who did it. Then, Monday, CPD posted to Facebook asking for the public's help with identifying and locating a specific man. He and his vehicle were spotted two days before the deaths at a Lowe's on Morse Crossing. In the same post, CPD also mentions Pauline Avenue and how "an elderly couple was found brutally murdered inside the home."

The majority of neighbors in the area did not want to speak with 10TV on camera but said the last three months have been nothing but confusion concerning this case. After CPD's post, Monday, they say it just adds to that confusion and, in some cases, worry.

When asking about the man's possible connection to the deaths of Donald and Sharon Fadley, CPD did not respond. Neighbors are optimistic, hoping answers are coming.

"I'd like some closure," the man said. "I'd like to know what happened. I'd like to know who did it and I'd like to see some justice. They didn't deserve it."

Anyone with information is asked to contact CPD's Homicide Unit at 614-645-4221, or hcollins@columbuspolice.org. You can also call Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).

Categories: Ohio News

Police: Missing 71-year-old man last seen leaving St. Ann’s Hospital

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 19:25

The Columbus Division of Police are asking for assistance in finding a missing 71-year-old man.

Robert Hodge was last seen on September 12 after getting released from St. Ann’s Hospital around Shrock Road and Cleveland Avenue.

Family told police that Robert has known heart issues and he is still mentally stable. They added he likely can’t get around without a cane or walker.

Robert is described as a white/Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 200 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes.

It is unknown what he was last wearing.

If you have seen Robert, please contact police at 614-645-4545.

Categories: Ohio News

Trump says he will do 'something' about homelessness

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 19:17

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump began a California visit on Tuesday, saying he will do "something" about homelessness but offering no specifics beyond the mention of creating a task force.

"We can't let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what's happening," Trump said aboard Air Force One. He said police officers on the beat are getting sick and that tenants want to move because of the homeless problem.

"The people of San Francisco are fed up and the people of Los Angeles are fed up, and we're looking at it and we will be doing something about it at the appropriate time," Trump said.

Trump is expected to attend a fundraiser dinner in Beverly Hills on Tuesday at the home of real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday morning said he would welcome Trump's help to end homelessness if he contributed federal dollars or property that could be converted into shelters.

"I know I'm just supposed to punch the president back but if he is real about it, I'll believe it when I see it, but I'll also trust that he wants to save some lives as well," the mayor said. "Certainly I do. We could do that together."

In San Francisco Tuesday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson visited a housing project but rejected an invitation from Mayor London Breed, who wanted to push for increased federal funding for homeless services and affordable housing.

Carson provided no details about the Trump administration's plans.

"What we really need to focus our attention on is how are we really going to solve this problem and not make it into a political football?" he said.

Garcetti, separately speaking in a video recorded at one of an eventual 26 housing facilities being built to transition people from life on the streets, noted that the president would be in Los Angeles to raise funds for his reelection campaign.

"But I wanted to talk to him a little bit as if he had come down here to South LA to understand and to hear the challenges we face and ways that Washington, D.C. — instead of demonizing us — might be able to actually come and help us," Garcetti said.

Garcetti pushed back on a Trump assertion in a July interview that homelessness was a phenomenon that began two years ago.

"I'd like to reassure the president it didn't start two years ago when you became president. It didn't even start six years ago when I became mayor. But it is our collective watch and our collective responsibility to solve this," Garcetti said.

Garcetti pointed to a Sept. 10 letter in which he urged Trump to provide funding for a new veterans housing development, support appropriations for federal programs that address homelessness and create economic opportunities and rescind proposed federal rules that would evict mixed-status immigrant families from assisted housing and prevent transgender homeless people from going into federally funded shelters.

The mayor, who noted that homelessness occurs at a higher rate in Washington, D.C., than in Los Angeles, said it was "time for us to pause politics and not to demonize Americans that are on the street."

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, also spent Tuesday in Los Angeles where he visited a women's center on Skid Row.

"I came to listen and to learn from those who are living on Skid Row, those who are serving the people who are living on Skid Row and not just in terms of addressing challenges here but how that might apply to this country," O'Rourke said. "You could argue that Los Angeles has the best perspective in the United States of America on this issue."

Categories: Ohio News

New York bans sale of flavored e-cigarettes

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 19:17

NEW YORK (AP) — New York became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, a move that comes as federal health officials investigate a mysterious surge of severe breathing illnesses linked to vaping.

The vote by the state Public Health and Health Planning Council means the prohibition, which covers flavored e-cigarettes and other vaping products except for menthol and tobacco flavors, goes into effect immediately. Retailers will have two weeks to remove merchandise from store shelves.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, had proposed the emergency ban Sunday, citing surging use among young people.

According to data from the state health department, nearly 40% of high school seniors and 27% of high school students overall in the state use e-cigarettes. Use among high-school students went from 10.5% in 2014 to 27.4% in 2018.

Cuomo pointed to vaping flavors like bubblegum and cotton candy that he said seemed aimed at young people.

"We don't really know the health consequences of these devices," he said on public radio Monday.

Vape shop owners say they're considering a legal challenge to the new regulation, which they say should have gone before lawmakers for hearings, debate and a vote. Several spoke at the meeting to urge council members to reject the ban.

Mike Kruger owns two vape shops in the Albany region and said the ban could force hundreds of businesses like his to close. He said smokers looking to quit will have fewer options under the ban, potentially leading to an increase in the use of traditional tobacco products. As for the breathing illnesses, Kruger said he believes they are the result of people buying black market vape liquid, not the items he sells.

"We are bypassing the legislative process," he said of the ban. Kruger added that many adults seek out the flavored versions. He himself prefers blue raspberry. "Vaping has been around for 12 years. And now this."

Keith Mautner, who owns a vape store in Queens and uses the products himself, estimates that flavored e-cigarettes make up 95% percent of his business. He said state leaders should have cracked down on manufacturers if they were concerned about the products being used by teens.

"That's the problem, the manufacturers. It's not us," he said.

The exemption for menthol was criticized by some health groups, who worried young people would switch to that variety. It includes all types of flavored vaping products, including disposable and refillable devices.

The state health department said it would be studying whether menthol should be added, and a report would go to Cuomo in two weeks.

Juul Labs, Inc., the company with the biggest footprint in the industry, has said it agrees with the need for action in the flavored e-cigarette sector and will comply with any final state and federal regulations.

New York becomes the first state to enact the ban. Michigan approved a ban that includes menthol, but not tobacco flavor, but rules for enactment have not yet been put into place. Other states are also considering bans.

The statewide smoking age is going up to 21, after Cuomo signed legislation earlier this year. He also recently signed a mandate that requires state anti-tobacco campaigns to also include vaping.

The emergency regulation enacted Tuesday will expire in 90 days unless it's renewed. Cuomo has proposed legislation that would put the ban in state law, eliminating the need to renew the ban.

Nationwide, health officials are also investigating hundreds of cases of serious breathing illnesses in people who use e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. They have identified 380 confirmed and probable cases in 36 states and one territory, including six deaths. President Donald Trump has proposed a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products.

The FDA has been able to ban vaping flavors since 2016 but has yet to take the step.

The global market is estimated to have a value of as much as $11 billion.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio state trooper guilty in 4-year-old son's negligent homicide

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 19:17

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTOL) — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper charged with endangering children and negligent homicide following the death of his son entered an Alford plea on Tuesday and was subsequently found guilty.

Trooper Fu Sun is faced the charges after his 4-year-old son fatally shot himself in the face on May 12. Sun was placed on administrative leave after the incident. A message has been left with the Ohio State Highway Patrol regarding the employment status of the trooper.

In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit the act, but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.

Sun will be sentenced on Nov. 5.

According to Lucas County Coroner Diane Scala-Barnett, all evidence points to the boy having shot himself in the face at his home with an unsecured weapon. The weapon the child used was his father's "back-up" weapon.

The death has been ruled as an accident.

OSHP conducted an investigation regarding the weapon involved in the incident, Sgt. Tiffiany Meeks said.

Categories: Ohio News

Woman charged in Rhoden family massacre loses some jail privileges

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 19:17

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A woman charged in the fatal shootings of eight people in Ohio has lost jail phone and mail privileges after a judge determined she violated a court order not to communicate with her relatives who also face charges.

Angela Wagner acknowledged to a Pike County judge through her attorneys Monday that she discussed the case with her mother, Rita Newcomb. Newcomb isn't charged in the 2016 shootings of Rhoden family members but has pleaded not guilty to charges including forgery in a related matter.

The judge on Monday revoked Wagner's ability to send and receive mail and make and receive phone calls, except for communication with her defense team.

Wagner, her husband and their two sons have pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder in the Rhoden family slayings.

Categories: Ohio News

7 proposed gun laws up for debate at Ohio Statehouse

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 16:35

Ohio Senator Cecil Thomas believes politicians who push back against gun control will pay for it come election time.

"I think the voters are going to say if you're not going to do something then we going to do something," he said.

He's the lead sponsor of six gun law proposals including one that would raise the age the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21. That's the meaning behind Senate Bill 65.

"We're talking about the potential of a deadly weapon in the hands of someone it just makes good common sense you got to be 21 to purchase that firearm," he said.

What sounds like common sense to him, sounds utterly ridiculous to the Buckeye Firearms Association.

"If you're 18 should be able to vote, join the military and drink a beer," says Gerard Valentino of the Buckeye Firearms Association.

Senator Thomas also supports a bill that would require background checks for private sales at gun shows. That's Senate Bill 182.

"A private sale from one person to another there's no background check required but you go to a gun show and you buy from a federally licensed dealer there's a background check what's wrong with that picture?" he asked.

A lot says the Buckeye Firearms Association. It says there's a danger in the government knowing the details of a private sale.

"It creates a gun registry which has been ruled to be unconstitutional. If the government has a list of who owns the gun now they know who owns the guns and where to get them," Valentino said.

Thomas says his proposals to change the state's gun laws are about common-sense legislation.

"I don't want your gun I want to make sure you're qualified to own that gun," Thomas said.

He admits none of what he proposes will solve mass shootings like the one in Dayton, but he believes even it makes it harder for one person to buy a gun with evil intentions he believes it's worth the political fight.

"I can almost guarantee that Democrats are going to make it an issue. I'm going to make it an issue. This is ridiculous, we got to do everything. We can to try to minimize the potential of these things happening," he said.

Among the other gun bills, up for discussion is what's referred to as the red flag law which would allow the courts to take someone's guns away if they are a threat to themselves or others.

Categories: Ohio News

Taking a look inside the Columbus Division of Police Crime Lab

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 16:34

Crime laboratory manager, Angela Farrington, said they have thirty-four employees. The team includes forensic scientists, latent print examiners, police evidence technicians, a data management coordinator and Farrington's management position.

She said for the total number of cases they get throughout a year, it varies. She said the time of the year and also the weather can have an impact on how many cases are brought to them.

"Unfortunately, it's not like CSI and NCIS we can't receive the evidence and have the results to you in an hour it is time involved process and we do our best to get the results out as soon as possible," Farrington said.

In the center, there are several different sections that test and analyze. In the firearms section, one part of the job is testing for operability. We're told, an example of this would be in a concealed carry case and the weapon is just a matter of possession.

Another part is comparing test fires from a weapon to evidence if it's been fired at someone or something.

For fingerprints, there are different techniques used depending on how clear the print is. Some of the ways include using super glue, a powder with a brush, or a chemical called DFO.

When melting super glue in a glass container, the flumes will adhere to the oils and proteins left behind in the print.

The prints found are then compared in an automated fingerprint identification system, known as AFIS, which stores fingerprint data.

Drug identification is a team of ten with nine on the bench and they test for drugs outside of the body. They take inventory and check the seal condition of the drug brought in to them, they then open the bags and look at the items inside. Experts will analyze the physicial description and then take a weight measurement.

The evidence goes to preliminary testing and then analytical testing using instrumentation. Experts in the crime lab told us, in their Columbus lab, opioids are the most common drugs that they test.

As for testing DNA, it could take hours to days to create a DNA profile.

Forensic scientist, Lynndsey Simon, said when they first gets items in they do a screening process as well as taking a collection of swabs for touch DNA or trace DNA.

Once they have the DNA collection, they have to go through certain steps.

The steps are DNA extraction, DNA qualification, DNA amplification, capillary electrophoresis, and DNA comparisons.

Categories: Ohio News

Person of interest in Franklinton homicide arrested, released

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 16:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A brutal Franklinton murder remains unsolved. But a person of interest in the case was recently arrested and released, without ever being questioned.

It's just the latest move in this investigation that has frustrated the son of Lee Martin.

The 85-year-old was found in bed, beaten and bloodied, at his Martin Avenue home on the morning of June 29. Days later, on July 5, he succumbed to his injuries at Grant Medical Center.

The coroner's report, which was just released this week, lists a string of injuries, including cuts, bruises and fractures. The cause of death was ruled to be complications from blunt trauma to the head. The manner of death was ruled homicide.

The case started as an assault investigation, with the initial report listing a relative of Martin as the person of interest. That relative has long been homeless, with a criminal record dating back decades. That likely made him hard for detectives to find.

But he ended up back in law enforcement custody earlier this month.

He was arrested on charges, including theft and breaking and entering, and was booked into the Franklin County Jail. He spent about five days there, without ever being questioned by homicide detectives about the Martin homicide.

10TV checked with Columbus police about how that could have happened.

Police say they are not looking at one specific person of interest in this case; they are still talking with more than one. But they added that, when this particular person of interest was released from jail, homicide detectives were not alerted. Otherwise, they would have tried to talk with him then.

10TV also went to the prosecutor's office to question what appears to be a lapse in the system.

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Ron O'Brien released this statement, in part:

"When someone is a person of interest and can’t be found, the police will check the jail on the chance that they may be in jail for another reason. I don’t know how often that is done or why it wasn’t in this case, but obviously it slowed down the effort to find and interview (this person.) Absent the check, they don’t know he’s in jail and are unable to visit and interview him, and, absent charges, he will be released when he is clear on bond or having served whatever sentence he may have."

So, for now, that person is out on the streets once again, and the Martin family is still searching for answers.

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Trump's Cabinet has had more ex-lobbyists than Obama or Bush

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 16:06

WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating.

The Cabinet choices are another sign that Trump's populist pledge to "drain the swamp" is a catchy campaign slogan but not a serious attempt to change the way Washington works. Instead of staring down "the unholy alliance of lobbyists and donors and special interests" as Trump recently declared, the influence industry has flourished during his administration.

The amount spent in 2019 on lobbying the U.S. government is on pace to match or exceed last year's total of $3.4 billion, the most since 2010, according to the political money website Open Secrets. Trump also has pulled in hefty contributions from industries with business before his administration, and his hotel near the White House has been a magnet for lobbyists and foreign interests since he was elected.

"An administration staffed by former industry lobbyists will almost certainly favor industry over the general public, because that's the outlook they're bringing to the job," said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow in the political reform program at the think tank New America and author of the book "The Business of America is Lobbying."

Former lobbyists run the Defense and Interior departments, Environmental Protection Agency and office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The acting Labor secretary, Pat Pizzella, is a former lobbyist and Trump's pick to run the department, Eugene Scalia, also is an ex-lobbyist. Scalia's confirmation hearing before a GOP-controlled Senate committee is scheduled for Thursday and Democrats are expected to grill him on his long record of opposing federal regulations.

A seventh ex-lobbyist, Dan Coats, resigned as Trump's intelligence chief in August.

President Barack Obama had five former lobbyists in his Cabinet during two terms in office and President George W. Bush had three, also during eight years in the White House, according to lobbying and foreign agent disclosure records. The review was limited to the Trump, Obama and Bush administrations because prior to 1995 there was no central database of federal lobbying registrations and the law was hazy about who was supposed to register.

Shortly after taking office, Trump signed an executive order that revoked an Obama directive prohibiting lobbyists from being appointed to a post at a federal agency they'd lobbied within the last two years. While this "cooling off" period was cast aside, Trump's order continued to bar for two years lobbyists-turned-government-employees from participating in particular matters that they'd lobbied on during the two preceding years.

"Without the cooling off period, these Cabinet heads appear to be serving their former employers' and clients' special interests," said Virginia Canter, chief ethics counsel of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump's Cabinet includes the heads of the 15 executive departments and seven other senior-level posts, such as EPA administrator and director of national intelligence. Obama's Cabinet had the same number of members and Bush's Cabinet had two fewer.

Scalia, the Labor Department nominee, has spent much of his career as a partner in the Washington office of the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher firm, where he ran up a string of victories in court cases on behalf of business interests challenging labor and financial regulations. Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, served for a year as the Labor Department's top lawyer during the George W. Bush administration.

His financial disclosure report lists 49 clients who paid him $5,000 or more for legal services, including e-cigarette giant Juul Labs, Facebook, Walmart and Bank of America. Disclosure records show Scalia was registered in 2010 and 2011 to lobby for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Pizzella has been the acting secretary since Alexander Acosta resigned the post in July amid renewed criticism of how, as a federal prosecutor, he handled a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Pizzella lobbied for clients that ranged from Microsoft Corp. to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. He also worked on several accounts with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, although Pizzella was never accused of any misconduct or wrongdoing.

Obama chose Pizzella for a GOP seat on the Federal Labor Relations Authority and he was an assistant Labor secretary during the George W. Bush administration.

Two Trump Cabinet officials, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, have been accused by congressional Democrats and public interest groups of failing to honor their ethics pledges.

Both Bernhardt and Wheeler, backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have played leading roles in the administration's rollback of environmental regulations. They also both worked at the agency they now lead during prior administrations.

Interior's inspector general launched an investigation of Bernhardt earlier this year after receiving seven separate ethics allegations against him. A complaint filed by the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center alleged that shortly after joining the department in August 2017 Bernhardt became involved in matters that were the focus of his lobbying for California's Westlands Water District that lasted until mid-November 2016.

Westlands has federal contracts to provide irrigation water to 700 family-owned farms in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. The complaint said Bernhardt had "lobbied on discrete provisions of a law directing Interior to maximize water supplies to his clients, and to minimize Endangered Species Act protections in that region."

Then, after joining Interior, Bernhardt breached his ethics pledge by directing government officials under him "to advance the particular matters he had previously lobbied on," according to the complaint.

"It is very hard to tell where Bernhardt's lobbying career ended and where his public service begins," said Brendan Fischer, director of the Campaign Legal Center's federal reform program.

An Interior spokesman said in a statement, "Secretary Bernhardt is and always has been committed to upholding his ethical responsibilities, and he has fully complied with those obligations."

Thomas Birmingham, Westlands' general manager, said the agency is actually disadvantaged with Bernhardt as secretary because he's not been able to engage with him as he did past Interior secretaries, like Ken Salazar and Sally Jewell.

"I don't know what Mr. Bernhardt has done or has not done at Interior," Birmingham said.

Wheeler worked as a lobbyist for eight years and his more than 20 different clients included coal magnate Bob Murray, who pushed hard on the Trump administration to grant a series of breaks for the sagging domestic coal industry.

"I think he's doing a great job," Betsy Monseu, CEO of the American Coal Council, said of Wheeler. "We're pleased to see the regulatory reform agenda moving forward."

But Canter's organization, known as CREW, urged the EPA inspector general earlier this year to investigate whether Wheeler broke his ethics pledge. Among the allegations, CREW said Wheeler had participated in the easing of standards for storing coal ash in 2018 even though he had lobbied on those regulations the year before for Murray Energy.

The inspector general's office declined to say if it had open an investigation, directing a reporter to file a Freedom of Information Act request.

An EPA statement called CREW's complaint "baseless and just flat out false." It said Wheeler works closely with career EPA ethics officials and abides by all ethics requirements.

The Pentagon's top official, Mark Esper, spent seven years lobbying for defense industry juggernaut Raytheon, a company that stands to gain handsomely from Trump's push to boost military spending by billions of dollars. The company closed out 2018 by hitting a record $27.1 billion in net sales, up nearly seven percent from the $25.3 billion the year before.

Esper, who was secretary of the Army when Trump chose him to be defense secretary, faced opposition from only a handful of Democrats and he was confirmed in July by a 90-8 margin.

As Army secretary, Esper hasn't participated in Raytheon-related matters under the terms of an ethics agreement that runs through this November. After that, Esper told Pentagon ethics officials that he will continue to avoid Raytheon issues unless his participation as defense secretary is determined to be essential.

Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, lobbied primarily for steel companies between 1999 and 2003. Beginning in 2004, he represented just one company, U.S. Steel, which paid his firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, $3.2 million over a seven-year period.

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6 years after tragic loss, Dom Tiberi has shared Maria’s Message with over 100,000 kids

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:26

Tuesday marks six years since Dom Tiberi's daughter Maria was killed in an auto accident.

While police said Maria's phone was locked in her purse, it is believed that something distracted her and caused her to crash while she was driving.

Since that time, Dom and the Tiberi family have made it their mission to put an end to distracted driving.

With the creation of Maria’s Message, Dom has spoken at 114 high schools and to over 100,000 kids.

He has also taken the message to several major companies including Nationwide, AEP and Columbia Gas to just name a few.

Additionally, the Tiberi family has provided free defensive driving class for the last six summers with roughly 1,800 kids taking the course.

The Maria Tiberi Foundation has also purchased 44 driving simulators and placed them with police departments around the state.

“The pain of losing Maria really never ends but we have learned to live with it. While I would do anything to have Maria back, I am also very proud of what we have accomplished over the last 6 years,” Dom Tiberi said.

Click here for more information on Maria’s Message and the Maria Tiberi Foundation.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio bill proposes harsher penalties to drivers who pass stopped school buses

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 15:22

State Senator Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) introduced the “School Bus Safety Act” on Tuesday at the Ohio Statehouse.

The legislation would bring more awareness to school bus safety issues and increase penalties for people who violate laws designed to protect students.

Gavarone says between 2015 and 2017, there were 4,000 accidents involving a school bus and 4,200 drivers cited for failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or unloading children.

Under the bill, the fine for improperly passing a school bus will double from $500 to $1,000. For repeat offenders, the fine will increase $250 and include a rise in the level of driver’s license suspension for each violation.

The legislation will also enhance the penalty for vehicular homicide or vehicular assault if the offender hits or kills a student as a result of improperly passing a school bus.

"I was shocked to find out talking to law enforcement and bus drivers, bus drivers are sometimes seeing it every day more than once a day that someone will disregard the stop sign that's hanging off that school bus and go right by,'' Gavarone said.

Senate Bill 134 would create a pilot program that will allow districts across the state to apply for school bus cameras and designates August as “School Bus Safety Awareness Month."

The cost of the cameras would be $500,000 over two years.

Highlights of the bill:

  • Increases the current maximum fine (from $500-$1,000) for improperly passing a school bus, and establishes increasing tiered penalties for each additional violation committed within a ten-year period.
  • Creates a new aggravated vehicular homicide offense: prohibits a person from causing the death of another as the proximate result of recklessly improperly passing a school bus; imposes a second-degree felony and a class 1 driver’s license suspension (life).
  • Creates a new vehicular assault offense: prohibits a person from causing serious physical harm to another as the proximate result of recklessly improperly passing a school bus; imposes a third-degree felony and a class 3 driver’s license suspension (2-10 years).
  • Clarifies that (1) cameras may be installed on a school bus to capture an image, images, or video of a person improperly passing the school bus, and (2) the image, images, or video may be used as evidence in any criminal case. Makes a $500,000 appropriation ($250,000 for FY 2020 and FY 2021) to be distributed to school districts that apply for grants to purchase and install bus cameras.
  • Requires the Director of Public Safety to establish procedures to implement and distribute the grants; requires the Director to submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly regarding the information gathered via the grant program.
Categories: Ohio News

Southbound lanes of I-71 closed at 17th Avenue due to crash

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The southbound lanes of Interstate 71 at 17th Avenue are closed due to a crash.

The crash happened shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Columbus police tell 10TV that one car is on its side.

There is no word on any injuries at this time.

Categories: Ohio News

Indians' Kipnis done for season with broken hand

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:30

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has a broken right hand and will miss the remainder of the season.

The loss of Kipnis is another blow to Cleveland, which is chasing an AL wild-card playoff berth and has been ravaged by injuries all season. The Indians say Kipnis will need surgery and could take up to six weeks to recover.

Kipnis, who has had a solid season, has been bothered by the wrist for several weeks. He felt discomfort after taking a swing on Sunday against Minnesota and left the game after hitting a double.

An MRI taken Monday showed a fracture of his hamate bone, the same injury that has sidelined Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez.

The Indians have recalled utilityman Andrew Velazquez from Triple-A Columbus. The 25-year-old was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 3.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio Senate committee to hear from gun legislation sponsors

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 11:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate committee will hear from a Democrat and a Republican who are sponsoring legislation that would expand background checks for most firearm purchases and create a "red flag" law aimed at keeping guns from people viewed as threats to themselves and others.

Sen. Cecil Thomas, a Cincinnati Democrat and member of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, said in an interview before Tuesday's hearing in Columbus that there's little appetite in the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass substantive guns laws.

Thomas says Republicans likely agreed to Tuesday's hearing because of a mass shooting in Dayton in August that killed nine people.

The shooting prompted Sen. Peggy Lehner, a Dayton-area Republican, to become a co-sponsor for three of Thomas' bills, including those on background check expansion and the red-flag law.

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WATCH: Ryan Day press conference | Ohio State vs. Miami week

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 09:47

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day is addressing the media Tuesday in his weekly press conference.

The Ohio State Buckeyes will close out its non-conference season Saturday against the Miami Redhawks. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.

Following Q&A with Coach Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, additional coaches and player will speak with the media.

Watch live in the video player below:
*Scheduled to begin at Noon.

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  • Ohio State ranks in the top 30 nationally in both total offense (28th) and total defense (10th).
  • The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 42-3 in the first quarters of its first three games this season.
  • Ryan Day is the 25th head coach in school history. He is just the fourth Buckeye head coach to start his career 6-0.
  • Since 2012, Ohio State is 49-3 at Ohio Stadium and averaging 44.1 points per game.
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Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist, dies at 75

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 09:24

NEW YORK (AP) — Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians who grew up to cover the family business in Washington for ABC News and NPR over several decades, died Tuesday in Washington of complications from breast cancer. She was 75.

ABC broke into network programming to announce her death and pay tribute.

Roberts was the daughter of Hale Boggs, a former House majority leader from Louisiana, and Lindy Boggs, who succeeded her husband in Congress. Roberts worked in radio and at CBS News and PBS before joining ABC News in 1988.

She was a congressional reporter and analyst who co-anchored the Sunday political show "This Week" with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002.

Roberts, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, kept working nearly to the end. She appeared on "This Week" in August, drawing enough concern about her evident weight loss that she released a statement saying "I am doing fine" and was looking forward to covering next year's election.

She co-wrote a political column for many years with her husband of 53 years, Steven, who survives. They had two children.

Roberts wrote books, focusing on the role of women in history. She wrote two with her husband, one about interfaith families and "From This Day Forward," an account of their marriage.

Current ABC News political reporter Jonathan Karl recalled being in awe of Roberts when he first started working at the network.

"When I think of politics, I think of Cokie Roberts," he said.

Her colleagues said she never became cynical or lost her love for politics. She did force NPR to clarify her role as a commentator when she wrote a column in 2016 calling on "the rational wing" of the Republican party to reject Donald Trump as their presidential candidate.

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus Crew SC to break ground on new stadium October 10

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 09:08

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus Crew SC will host a groundbreaking for its new stadium on Thursday, October 10 and it is open to the public.

The team said the event will happen at 650 West Nationwide Boulevard at around 2 p.m.

The first 500 people to attend will receive a commemorative mini-shovel. Food trucks and DJ AXCESS will be at the event a well.

According to a plan approved earlier this year by Columbus City Council, the stadium construction is expected to start on October 29, 2019 and “substantial completion” of the stadium is expected on July 1, 2021.

Construction of the public sports park and Crew SC training facility where MAPFRE Stadium sits now is scheduled for February 14, 2020 and June 1, 2020 respectively.

Phase one of the park is expected to be done by June 30, 2022.

The proposed new stadium site would be located just west of Huntington Park.

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Monster Jam returning to Columbus in April

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 08:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- "The most action-packed live event on four wheels" will be back in Columbus next year.

Monster Jam: The Triple Threat Series is coming to the Schottenstein Center for three shows in April 2020:

  • Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 24 at 10 a.m. at the Schottenstein box office and ticketmaster.com.


ABOUT THE SHOW

With over 25 years of adrenaline-charged family entertainment, Monster Jam combines spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate off-road, motorsport competition. World-Class drivers compete in monster truck, speedster, ATV racing, and wheelie, donut, and freestyle competitions. Monster Jam will leave you on the edge of your seat as these athletes are all in it to win it with jaw-dropping displays of gravity-defying feats.

Monster Jam features the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Zombie, and more.

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