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Baby formula sold at Walmart recalled due to potential presence of metal

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 20:15

A baby formula product sold exclusively at Walmart is being recalled due to the potential presence of metal foreign matter.

Perrigo issued the voluntary recall nationwide Friday for a total of 23,388 containers of Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron. The products contain the lot number “C26EVFV” with a “use by” date of February 26, 2021.

(Perrigo)

Consumers with the affected products should not use them and can visit any Walmart store for a refund.

No adverse events have been reported yet.

Categories: Ohio News

Vigil honors 11-year-old Columbus boy who died following aneurysm at baseball game

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 19:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A vigil Saturday honored the life of an 11-year-old boy who died during a baseball game last Sunday.

John B. Mullins IV — nicknamed "John-John" — suffered a brain aneurysm while playing at Ridgeview Middle School.

Saturday, he was remembered by family, friends and teammates who gathered at Whetstone High School.

“Being here, seeing all the support from the community — the outpouring from the community has been unbelievable," said Brian Danielson, coach for John's baseball team, the North Columbus Comets.

Danielson remembered John was a hard worker and a great coach, teammate and friend.

Saturday, John Mullins IV was remembered by family, friends and teammates who gathered at Whetstone High School. (WBNS)

Chad Bender, a friend of John's father, says seeing so many people at the vigil for the boy was an amazing experience.

"It's an amazing experience to sit there and look up into the stands and see how many people that John affected," he said.

Marty Flood, Jr., John's teacher from kindergarten, was also amazed by the turnout in those remembering him.

"He was a very great student, very curious, very excited about learning," he said. "Came to class every day, ready to learn."

John will help give others a second chance at life through organ donation.

A GoFundMe set up for John's funeral expenses and campaigns his family chooses for honoring his memory originally had a goal of raising $5,000. As of Saturday night, people raised a total of $53,000.

Categories: Ohio News

Gazebo where Ohio officer killed Tamir Rice moves to Chicago

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 14:30

CLEVELAND (AP) — The gazebo where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a police officer in Cleveland is being rebuilt in Chicago as a temporary memorial and meeting spot.

Crews dismantled the gazebo outside the Cudell Recreation Center in 2016, nearly two years after the death of Tamir, who was shot while playing with a pellet gun. The reconstructed gazebo will be unveiled Sunday in Chicago outside an arts gallery and community space called Stony Island Arts Bank, Cleveland.com reported.

Tamir's mother, Samaria Rice, initially wanted the gazebo to be destroyed but said she is glad she changed her mind.

"It's a part of history," said Rice, who planned to attend the ceremony.

The rebuilt gazebo is being unveiled by the nonprofit Rebuild Foundation two days before what would have been Tamir's 17th birthday. His mother hasn't found a permanent home for the structure but said she hasn't ruled out the possibility that it could be displayed in Cleveland again.

The city paid $6 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit over Tamir's death.

He was shot by officer Timothy Loehmann within seconds of a cruiser skidding to a stop outside the recreation center in November 2014 as Loehmann and his partner responded to a report of a man with a gun.

Loehmann was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing but was later fired in 2017 for failing to disclose to the city that he previously had been forced out by another department. The Cleveland police union has challenged Loehmann's firing, calling the decision a "witch hunt."

Samaria Rice has opposed the union's appeal effort. Earlier this month, she delivered petitions with more than 170,000 signatures urging the union to stop trying to overturn Loehmann's firing.

Categories: Ohio News

Skydiving plane crashes in Hawaii, killing all 11 aboard

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 12:49

HONOLULU (AP) — A skydiving plane crashed and burst into flames just after takeoff from a small seaside airfield on the island of Oahu, killing 11 people, officials said Saturday.

Authorities initially reported that nine people died in the crash Friday evening and that three of them were customers of a skydiving company and six were employees.

But the Hawaii Department of Transportation tweeted Saturday that officials later "confirmed there were 11 people on board the plane" and no survivors. The twin-engine Beechcraft King Air plane took off from Dillingham Airfield on the north shore of the island.

The plane was operated by the Oahu Parachute Center skydiving company and the ratio of employees to customers suggested that tandem jumps may have been planned in which the customers would have jumped while attached to experienced skydivers, Tim Sakahara, a spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, told reporters.

Neves described the site of the crash near the airport's perimeter as being "quite a ways away from the runway" and said that some family members of those aboard were at the airport when the plane went down at about 6:30 p.m.

"In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident that we've had," Neves said.

The plane was engulfed in flames when firefighters made it to the crash site about an hour drive from Honolulu, Neves said. The victims were not identified.

Two Federal Aviation Administration inspectors went to the crash site Friday and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board that will investigate the crash were expected to arrive Saturday evening, said safety board spokesman Eric Weiss.

The plane with two turboprop engines was manufactured in 1967, FAA records said.

The phone for Oahu Parachute Center went unanswered Saturday.

On its web site, the company says the jumps that it offers on Hawaii are "a magical experience. There really is no better place in the world to skydive." Its tandem jumps are listed for prices ranging from $170 to $250.

Videos from the company's Facebook page show jumps from the same Beechcraft King Air that crashed, with customers strapped to employees and dropping from a side door of the aircraft from 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) or higher, with the Pacific Ocean and the Oahu's green mountains far below.

Dillingham Airfield is used mostly for skydiving and glider flights. Hawaii shares the airfield with the Army, which uses it for helicopter night-vision training.

Categories: Ohio News

Drone 10: Columbus Destroyers field at Nationwide Arena

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 12:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Drone 10 is taking you inside Nationwide Arena for a look at the Columbus Destroyers field.

The Arena Football League team returned to Columbus earlier this year following an 11-year hiatus.

The Destroyers are currently 1-7 in the season and will stay home Saturday evening in their next matchup against the Philadelphia Soul at 7 p.m.

Categories: Ohio News

Trump says he's delaying nationwide operation to remove immigrants illegally in US

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 09:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is delaying a nationwide sweep to deport people living in the U.S. illegally.

He said in a tweet Saturday he would delay for two weeks to give lawmakers time to discuss border solutions.

At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019

Three administration officials told The Associated Press the operation had been canceled because details had leaked in the media and officer safety could be jeopardized. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly on the operation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The operation was expected to begin Sunday and would have targeted people with final orders of removal, including families whose immigration cases had been fast-tracked by judges.

Trump announced Monday on Twitter that the sweep would be the start of an effort to deport millions of people in the country illegally, a near-impossibility given limited resources of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which makes the arrests and carries out deportation orders.

It's also slightly unusual to target families — as opposed to immigrants with criminal histories — but not unprecedented. The Obama and Trump administrations have targeted families in previous operations.

Categories: Ohio News

Dems' presidential field takes spotlight in South Carolina

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 07:22

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Almost the entire sprawling Democratic presidential field of more than 20 candidates took the same stage in the South's first primary state, looking to make connections in a primary battleground that has helped propel the party's last two nominees.

Former Vice President Joe Biden reintroduced himself to South Carolina voters at gatherings he's attended many times before. His rivals tried to convince a boisterous throng at a Friday event to consider a new path.

"I think I've been in every one of your counties over the years," Biden said at House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn's annual fish fry, a longstanding event that this year has blossomed into a centerpiece ahead of the 2020 election.

The 76-year-old Biden touted his friendship with Clyburn and other South Carolina politicians, including former Sen. Fritz Hollings, whom the Democratic front-runner eulogized earlier this year.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, meanwhile, made her usual detailed policy pitch. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, one of two major black candidates, called attention to civil rights heroes in a state where black voters typically make up a majority of Democratic primary electorates. And lesser known candidates tried to capitalize on the spotlight, with the likes of entrepreneur Andrew Yang getting a boisterous welcome despite barely registering in national polls.

The fish fry is a highlight of a big political weekend in South Carolina. Candidates also attended the state party's annual fundraising gala Friday evening ahead of the Clyburn party. The state party convention and a Planned Parenthood forum on abortion rights follow on Saturday.

For South Carolina Democrats, it's the culmination of several decades of work raising the state's profile to compete with the attention afforded to Iowa and New Hampshire, the two states that for decades have led off presidential voting.

The itinerary gives candidates a key opportunity to court the black voters who are crucial in South Carolina politics, while also reaching a sometimes underappreciated block of moderate whites. The electorate here reflects those in other Southern states that follow quickly on the nominating calendar, offering candidates a proving ground to test their message.

Biden leads most national and early nominating state polls, with notable strength among South Carolina's older black voters and moderate whites that dominate the Democratic primary here. But locals point to this weekend as a way for candidates to help reset the race ahead of the first debates next week in Miami.

"People see Vice President Biden as one of us, but most people are wide open," said former state party Chairwoman Carol Fowler, who is uncommitted in the primary. "They just want to be part of the process of defeating Donald Trump."

Neither Warren nor Harris — two of Biden's top rivals —mentioned the front-runner, but both drew a contrast in style.

"We need big, structural change in this country, in this economy. And big structural change starts with big ideas," Warren said, offering a list of ways she'd spend new revenue from her proposed tax on the wealthiest American fortunes.

Harris, one of two top candidates who is black, called attention to the recent fourth anniversary of a white supremacist massacre of nine black men and women at a Charleston, South Carolina, church. And she mentioned generations of civil rights activists who preceded her candidacy. Both groups, she said, were "heroes who fought and died for equality."

Most candidates Friday stuck to praising Clyburn, the highest-ranking black member of Congress, and promised to focus on marginalized Americans and the middle class.

"If we bring everyone's story into the story of this country, it is only then that we will achieve the great things we want to do," said former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, mentioning that he's already campaigned in economically struggling areas of the state that don't often see presidential candidates.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio touted "a simple message: working people first."

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar emphasized her desire to enact again provisions of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the Supreme Court.

Some of the lagging candidates encountered the realities of such a large field. When Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet greeted one dinner patron, the man asked politely, "Are you one of the candidates?"

Clyburn, meanwhile, is enjoying a bump in his already considerable influence. He's the third-ranking Democrat in the House and the most senior black lawmaker on Capitol Hill. His fish fry began in 1992 in a parking deck near the South Carolina Statehouse as a way to thank volunteers who helped him secure his first congressional victory. It was also an alternative for activists who couldn't afford to attend the party fundraiser.

On Friday, thousands filled a downtown Columbia plaza.

"It's kind of like a family reunion for those of us in South Carolina," said Rep. Russell Ott, a Democrat in the state legislature, "the pep rally before the big game."

Categories: Ohio News

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | June 22, 2019

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 05:43

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."

Photo by: Kim Dillon Sharp

After shaking off some morning rain we'll see some pleasant conditions this afternoon. Clouds sticking around through the afternoon will help keep temperatures in the 70's today, so get out and enjoy your walks! Skies will continue to clear out this evening, setting up for a nice summer night.

Sunday Dog Walking Forecast

Clear, cool and calm to start things off on Sunday. A mix of sun and clouds with temperatures in the mid 80's later in the afternoon. A few pop-up showers or storms will be possible, but most of the day will be dry but a touch warmer. Keep your pets cool & hydrated and make sure you're avoiding those hot surfaces!

The Week Ahead

Not as soggy as last week, but we'll start things off with a decent amount of rain on Monday. Afterwards, Tuesday by far looks like the best day of the week. Warm with low humidity and little to no cloud coverage. We climb back into the mid 80's soon after, with a slight bump in humidity as the week progresses. While conditions won't be bad during the late nights or early mornings, the afternoons will be warm, so make sure you keep your pets cool and hydrated.

While it's common sense to not leave your pets or children unattended in vehicles, one may be surprised by how fast things can "heat up" inside a car even with the windows cracked. It's extremely important for your pet's health that you avoid leaving them in the car. In as soon as 10 minutes, a car can heat up by nearly 20 degrees. In cases such as this and how temperatures will pan out next week, it's best to leave the pets at home rather than putting their health at risk.

Another pet safety tip is to avoid paved or concrete roads or sidewalks when temperatures are warming up, especially later in the day when the sun has already been up for several hours under mostly sunny skies. These types of surfaces can heat up extremely fast and while the air temperature isn't too hot, the grounds can be much, much warmer. In cases such as this, it's important to keep their paws on grassy, cooler surfaces. An easy test to tell if the grounds are too hot for your pets is to simply place the back of your hand on the ground for seven seconds. If it is too hot for you, then it's likely it will be too hot for your pet's paws and that it could easily damage their skin.

The "Barking Message" for next week:
  • Get outside this weekend and enjoy the pleasant conditions!
  • Soggy doggy to start the week, keep those paws' dry.
  • While rain isn't as active, temperatures will be on the rise. Keep your pets' paws on cooler surfaces such as grass or shaded surfaces.

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

7 dead, 3 hurt in crash between truck, motorcycles

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 05:09

RANDOLPH, N.H. — Several motorcycles and a pickup truck collided on a rural, two-lane highway sometime Friday, killing seven people and injuring three others, and sending onlookers rushing to treat and help the injured motorists peppered along the road.

New Hampshire State Police said a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck collided with the riders on U.S. 2 in Randolph Friday evening. Officials said additional details would be provided as they investigate the deadly collision. The pickup truck was on fire when emergency crews arrived.

Witnesses described a "devastating" scene as bystanders tried to help riders that were peppered along the highway.

Along with the seven dead, state police said two additional people were transported to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital and one was airlifted to Maine Medical. Police said they could not provide the identities of the dead until next of kin have been notified.

"It's tragic," New Hampshire State Police Capt. Chris Vetter told reporters during a late news conference. "It's tragic for those involved, tragic for the families, so we're doing our job, we're doing our work and our thoughts are with the people who were adversely affected by this."

Parts of the rural two-lane highway was closed Friday evening, state police said, and would be closed for several more hours as investigators comb the scene for clues about what caused the crash. A photo posted by WMUR-TV showed motorcycles and wreckage scattered across the highway and a truck on the shoulder in flames.

Randolph is about a two-hour drive north of Concord, the capital, and a three-hour drive from Boston.

"There was debris everywhere," said Miranda Thompson, 21, of Manchester, who was several cars back and recalled seeing a truck in flames on the side of the highway and six motorcycles.

"People were in the grass. There were people putting tourniquets on people, trying to make sure they didn't move," she said. "You could tell people were lost who it happened too ... It was a sad day for all of them."

Jerry Hamanne, co-owner of a nearby bed-and-breakfast that was hosting one of the bikers in the group, said he and a doctor also staying at his inn went to the scene to help. Others tried to assist as best they could but some people were already dead.

"It was so devastating to see the bodies on the road," Hamanne said. "My God, I don't want to see something like this again."

The crash happened about 500 feet from lodging where most of the motorcyclists were staying, Hamanne said.

Charlie St. Clair, executive director of Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, which host one of the state's biggest rallies in June, said he couldn't recall an accident of this magnitude involving bikers in the state. He wasn't on the scene but said had been fielding calls about the accident much of the night. St. Clair said he heard the riders were mostly Marine veterans who belonged to the same motorcycle club.

"This is staggering and it's tragic beyond description," St. Clair said. "You have a bunch of people out for a ride enjoying one of the first nice days we had. To have this happen, it defies logic quite frankly."

Categories: Ohio News

ShotSpotter helps police find 2 people injured in shooting in south Columbus

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 03:30

COLUMBUS - Columbus Police found two people shot in south Columbus, thanks to detection software recently installed in the area.

Officers arrived at the 700 block of East Whittier Street shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday night after ShotSpotter detected gunfire in the area.

Authorities found a 29-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK.

An 18-year-old man was found about a block away near Heyl and Reinhard Avenues with a gunshot wound to his stomach. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police believe an argument or fight happened near the intersection of East Whittier Street and Carpenter Street moments before the shooting.

Officers have not made an arrest in this case or provided any information on a possible suspect.

The city of Columbus installed ShotSpotter this year in the Hilltop, Linden and south Columbus neighborhoods. Columbus Police say the technology works and helps officers cut down on response times.

Categories: Ohio News

12-year-old girl killed in shooting in Newark

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 21:01

NEWARK, Ohio — The Newark Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in Newark Friday night.

Authorities say it happened just after 9 p.m. in the 1000 block of Ridgelawn Avenue.

Newark Police Chief Barry Connell confirmed to 10TV that a 12-year-old girl was killed.

Chief Connell says they have a person of interest in custody.

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

Categories: Ohio News

Whitehall man says heavy rains made part of ceiling collapse in his apartment

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 18:46

WHITEHALL, Ohio — Friday sure was a sight to be seen in central Ohio — sunny and warm. The furthest thing from anyone's minds was the constant rain the area received Wednesday.

For Amahd Bey, though, he only needs to look up at his living room ceiling.

"I hear this big crash," he said.

Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, he says a chunk of his ceiling came crashing down.

He lives in the Villages at Eden Crossing. He says he told management and they told him it would be fixed on Thursday. Instead, he says they picked up the ceiling pieces and left.

"For me, that was just so disheartening," he said. "Because they made a promise and a guarantee that this would all be resolved [Thursday]."

10TV called the property and was told the hole in Bey's ceiling would be taken care of. When asked when that might be, 10TV was told further questions need to be answered by the property's attorney. 10TV's Bryant Somerville called that attorney and did not receive an immediate call back.

Adding insult to injury, Thursday brought more downpours.

"It rained again, [Thursday], so that means more rain came in," Bey said. "They didn't put a tarp up. They didn't do anything."

For now, Bey, who says he pays rent on time every month, is left with a hole in his ceiling, saturated carpets and the hope that the rain will let up until it's fixed.

Categories: Ohio News

Face the State with Scott Light | June 23, 2019

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 16:14

This week on Face The State:

  • Ohio budget advances: Both chambers of the Statehouse have passed a budget. In fact, the Senate voted 33-0, unanimous approval of their plan. Now, maybe the hardest part: melding the two by the end of June. That's when Governor DeWine has to sign a state budget.
  • The changing Republican voter: The level of change for the typical voter over the last decade may surprise you.
  • Top of the class title: If your high school senior achieves the title of valedictorian or salutatorian, one Ohio politician wants it written in state law that your child be recognized for that honor.


Guests this week:

  • Jim Renacci - Former Ohio Congressman
  • Jen House - President of Ohio Young Democrats
  • Clarence Mingo - Former Franklin County Auditor
  • Laura Bischoff - The Dayton Daily News
Categories: Ohio News

Mother says she complained years ago about Crestline teacher charged with sexual battery

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 14:20

CRESTLINE, Ohio — A fourth-grade teacher at Crestline Elementary School in Crawford County, 49-year-old Cory Forshaw, is charged with sexual battery.

But the mother of a different student says she complained about Forshaw years ago.

According to the indictment against Cory Forshaw, the victim is a student at Crestview Schools and the alleged sexual contact happened between February and May of 2017.

"I feel terrible for that family. I feel terrible for the child," said the mother of a different Crestline student.

10TV is not identifying her to protect the anonymity of her child.

She says her heart dropped when she heard of the investigation into Forshaw.

"I feel like the schools failed. I feel like the schools not only failed my son, they failed every student out there," she said.

That's because she says she reported Forshaw to Crestline Schools in 2016.

The mother says Forshaw was trying to take her then-11-year-old son on a private, overnight trip out of state.

"Taking students by yourself to special trips is not innocent," she said.

Police records obtained by 10TV verify the mother reported the incident.

According to Crestline police, the accusations weren't criminal but were concerning.

She says she also notified a Crestline Schools board member and the then-superintendent.

"She told me that she had a lot of digging to do. That was the word they used: a lot of digging to do."

She says she never heard back.

"I feel guilty that I didn't pursue it hard enough," she says now. "I thought once an investigation started that the police, the school, the city would have done this investigation and I wouldn't have had to do this investigation. As a parent, you shouldn't have to do the investigation when you report it to the right people. And if they're not the right people to report it to, I don't know who else I could have reported it to."

Interim Crestline Superintendent John Miller was not with the District in 2016.

He says he learned of the 2016 allegation against Forshaw just last month and placed him on leave.

He says he is now doing an administrative investigation into what happened three years ago.

Meanwhile, Cory Forshaw is due in court Monday on this current charge.

10TV has not been able to reach him for comment.

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Categories: Ohio News

Mother Nature puts damper on central Ohio lawn care services

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 13:58

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Friday brought a brief break from the wet weather and a peek of the sun in central Ohio.

And that was welcome news for many area lawn care companies.

"It’s been frustrating, but when you go into this kind of work, you gotta expect there’s gonna be slow times, bad times," said Luke Hamilton, owner of Luke's Lawn and Snowplowing Service out of Plain City. "We just got to deal with what comes to us."

Hamilton was mowing in Reynoldsburg Friday under the sunshine. He was set to complete 11 jobs by the end of the day, hoping to catch up on his backlog by Sunday.

Some lawn care company owners told 10TV they are behind two to three weeks on jobs because they simply cannot mow during a downpour. Even if the rain is not falling from the sky and the ground is still damp, they sometimes have to adjust. Heavy equipment could damage lawns and fields in soggy conditions. But using lighter, smaller equipment takes more time.

"It’s a constant battle. It’s a daily challenge and we continue to work through the differences in the weather as best we can," said Raymond Iacobucci, regional technical manager for TruGreen. "We hope for the best and plan for the worst. "

Still, TruGreen is faring a bit better.

Workers can often still put down fertilizer and pesticide in damp conditions.

"If it’s too wet and there is surface water that’s standing, we will not treat," he said. "That’s when product can move. But on a day like today, when the turfgrass is relatively dry, even if it rained half an inch or an inch this evening, what we apply today is going to actually stay where we put it."

Too much rain doesn't just make life hard for lawn care workers; it can also damage the actual lawn.

"What can happen when you have excessively wet years like this, and a lot of our grass is grown on soil that doesn’t drain all that well, you can end up having waterlogged roots. Roots need oxygen, too," said Dr. David Gardner, professor of horticulture and crop science at The Ohio State University.

Researchers spend a lot of time at the OSU Turfgrass Foundation Research and Education facility studying exactly how to keep turfgrass at its best.

After all, turfgrass is actually a $4 billion a year industry in the state of Ohio alone, according to Dr. Gardner.

"The excessive rain that we’re seeing relative to normal is both good and bad," Dr. Gardner said. "I suppose one good thing is that normally people would be breaking out their sprinklers at this time of year, desperately trying to provide what Mother Nature was doing for us in April and May."

Mother Nature is certainly providing. And then some.

But that can lead to disease problems with the soil.

Two common problems turfgrass experts say we will see in these conditions are red thread and dollar spot.

That's why they encourage homeowners to put down some extra fertilizer. Giving the grass that extra boost can help it to overcome the disease.

Another piece of advice from the experts is to try to keep up with the mowing, even during rainy stretches. And they say to follow the one-third rule — never cut more than one-third of the length of the grass at a time.

For more turf tips, visit Buckeye Yard and Garden onLine.

Categories: Ohio News

Former Ohio teacher accused of sexually abusing 28 first-grade girls released from jail after posting bond

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:29

A former Ohio teacher charged with sexually abusing more than two dozen first-grade girls has been released from jail after posting a $500,000 bond.

Twenty-five-year-old John Hopkins appeared in a Warren County court Thursday morning.

Hopkins was indicted on 36 counts of gross sexual imposition last week.

Authorities said the misconduct, such as putting his hands up girls' shirts or skirts, occurred while Hopkins was a physical education teacher at Clearcreek Elementary School in Springboro.

They said it was also captured on school surveillance video.

"The parents asked how that child's day was. And she said, it was a great day today. It was finally my turn to sit on Mr. Hopkins' lap. And red flags immediately went off,” attorney Angela Wallace said.

David Allen Chicarelli, who is Hopkins’ attorney, said his client pleaded not guilty.

"He totally denies this. That anything that happened was inadvertent, inadvertent probably isn't the right choice of words, there was nothing that was done improperly,” he said.

Wallace, who represents more than two dozen families, said that’s not true.

"The reports that I've heard from the videos is that that is not accurate. There's no question what is happening in those videos,” she said.

According to WCPO, Hopkins posted bond Friday morning. He will be on house arrest with a GPS monitor.

Categories: Ohio News

Breaking the chains: Concert celebrates women who have escaped human trafficking

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the last 10 years, 10TV has documented the work of a local court program that is breaking the chains of human trafficking.

This week, scores of survivors were treated to a celebration of life and love.

Grammy-nominated blues and soul singer Janiva Magness traveled from Los Angeles to Columbus for a performance unlike any other in her 45-year career.

For Magness, music is much more than what meets the ear. She calls it her life raft through the choppy waters of a chaotic life.

"It spoke to a place in me where I had no words. And that place needed... it needed to be spoken to," she said.

But the story of this concert, this connection, actually began 10 years ago, in the Franklin County Courtroom of Judge Paul Herbert.

His specialty docket, nicknamed "CATCH Court" for Changing Actions to Change Habits, serves women often seen on the streets, many of them the products of trauma inflicted long before they were women.

"We've had a large number of cases where the parents — the moms — are actually the ones who have sold their own 11 or 12-year-old daughters to a drug dealer to have sex in order to get the drugs," said Herbert. "To have a story about where your mom held you down when you were 11 and let a man rape you while she looked at you, that's... that's horrific, you know?"

Stephanie Rollins knows such horrors.

She was first trafficked at age 12. What followed were decades of desperation and destruction.

"Drugs, running and numbing. I didn't know how not to use," Rollins said. "My soul ached. But we don't know what we don't know. We can't change what we couldn't identify."

At CATCH Court, she found a sisterhood of survivors, and a judge who, instead of asking "What did you do?" asked, "What happened to you?"

"When they learn how important they are and that they have a life and they can have their own mission, that's when I've seen amazing things happen," Herbert said. "These are powerful, powerful women."

Last year, while casually listening to music at home, Herbert was introduced to another powerful woman.

"It just started out — I was listening to Miss Magness' songs and I was — couldn't believe — the words of her songs matched exactly with the stories that I hear in court every week," he said. "She has one song called 'I Won't Cry.' And it's about strength. And she starts out with the lyrics, 'The stronger the love, the blacker the bruise. The closer the hand, the sharper the knife. I get cut, I might bleed, but I won't cry'."

They are lyrics from Janiva Magness' heart and her personal history.

Herbert went to Magness' website and on a whim, emailed her.

"Hey I'm a judge in Columbus, run a human trafficking court, here's my 5-minute video..." he said.

"He sent me an email... to my website," Magness said. "Just basically a piece of fan mail and said... I just have to know if you're ever going to be in Ohio or anywhere near Columbus."

Magness watched the video about the women of CATCH.

And in them, she says, she saw herself.

"The vulnerability," she said. "What Etta James would refer to as 'The rage to survive. Rage to survive. You can cut me, I might bleed, but you ain't getting it. You ain't getting it. You are not getting the last piece of me.'"

For Magness, it was a rage born from a childhood of trauma.

"My parents were both very high-functioning alcoholics, both clinically depressed. They both killed themselves by the time I was 16," she said. "That's what I was navigating as 'normal' as a young girl. So, by the time I was 16 years old, pregnant and orphaned completely, I had gone through 12 foster homes in two-and-a-half years. I had a lot of justifiable demons, so becoming a young woman and an adult trying to function in the world, you know, I had to do what I had to."

Today Magness is a Grammy-nominated performer recognized by the likes of BB King and Bonnie Raitt.

"So, this idea that I could find hope and that I could find a dream, really a dream that was there all along I just never recognized it, is really profound," she said. "If I could give a piece of that to some of those women, to one of those women, I'm good."

That's why on a rainy, humid night, Janiva Magness brought the blues to Columbus.

"Ladies, you're so encouraging, so powerful," she told the audience. "This comes from my heart. This is from me to you."

In a private concert for the women of CATCH, an audience filled with that knowing ache, Magness shared her own story through music.

"If love is an army, and sadness the enemy, just know that I will fight for you," she sang.

Women in the audience wept, cheered and put their hands their hearts as Magness spoke to their experience through song.

"I get cut. I might bleed, but I won't cry," she sang.

From trauma to triumph to joy — songs of survival — and the healing power of community.

"She's just like us!" Rollins exclaimed after. "Heartfelt, emotional, funky. She's so funky! And real. I mean, I felt her from the soul. Her pain, her happiness, her freedom."

Magness paused during her signature song, appearing emotional.

"If you're gonna hit me, you better hope I don't get up," she said to cheers, before closing out, "Because I won't cry."

Since its start in 2009, 334 survivors have enrolled in CATCH Court.

Of that number, 73 percent have not had any additional arrests or charges.

This is an intensive, two-year program: only 58 of those survivors have actually graduated. But of those graduates, 94 percent have not had any additional arrests or charges.

Stephanie Rollins is one of those graduates. She is now working with children who have been trafficked.

For more information on Janiva Magness, click here.

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Missouri denies license renewal for lone abortion clinic

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:21

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's health department has declined to renew the abortion license for the state's lone clinic, but a court order allows the St. Louis Planned Parenthood affiliate to perform the procedure — for now.

The state notified the clinic of its decision Friday morning before a court hearing. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer said a preliminary injunction he previously issued to allow the clinic to continue perform abortions would remain in place for now.

Stelzer said he would issue a written order outlining next steps, but he was not sure if the order would come on Friday.

Missouri's health department allowed the clinic's license to perform abortions to lapse effective June 1. Rulings by Stelzer allowed the clinic to continue to perform abortions temporarily after the clinic took the state to court over the dispute.

Stelzer had told the state it couldn't simply let the license lapse but had to renew or deny it.

"The Court does not believe that an 'official action' can include non-action," Stelzer wrote in a June 10 ruling granting a preliminary injunction.

He gave the health department until Friday to decide.

According to Planned Parenthood, no state has been without a functioning abortion clinic since 1974, the year after the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Health department officials have cited concerns at the clinic, including that three "failed abortions" required additional surgeries and another led to life-threatening complications for the mother, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing a now-sealed court filing.

Planned Parenthood leaders say top-level care is provided at the clinic, and the license fight is just part of an effort by an anti-abortion administration to eliminate the procedure in Missouri.

Missouri is among several conservative states, emboldened by new conservative justices on the Supreme Court, to pass new restrictions on abortions. Officials in those states are hopeful that federal courts will uphold laws that prohibit abortions before a fetus is viable outside the womb, the dividing line the high court set in Roe.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation on May 24 to ban abortions at or beyond eight weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for medical emergencies but not for rape or incest.

Planned Parenthood appeared to escalate its fight with Missouri on Thursday when it stopped performing one of two state-mandated pelvic exams for women seeking abortions. The health department requires a pelvic exam during a consultation at least 72 hours before the procedure, and a second exam at the time of the abortion.

Dr. Colleen McNicholas, an abortion provider at the clinic, said the preliminary exam is invasive and unnecessary.

The number of abortions performed in Missouri has declined every year for the past decade, reaching a low of 2,910 last year. Of those, an estimated 1,210 occurred at eight weeks or less of pregnancy, according to health department data.

In fact, more Missouri women are getting abortions in Kansas than in Missouri. Information from the state of Kansas shows that about 3,300 of the 7,000 abortions performed there last year involved Missouri residents.

Kansas has an abortion clinic in Overland Park, a Kansas City suburb just 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the state line.

The nearest clinic to St. Louis is in Granite City, Illinois, less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) away. Illinois does not track the home states of women seeking abortions so it's unknown how many Missouri residents have been treated there.

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Delta launching nonstop flight to Salt Lake City from Columbus

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 07:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Starting Monday, the John Glenn Columbus International Airport will have nonstop flights to Salt Lake City, Delta Air Lines announced Friday.

Salt Lake City has become Delta Airlines' 13th nonstop destination served from the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

Delta's largest hub in the west, Salt Lake City, provides connecting access from Columbus to destinations unreachable from other Delta hubs.

“Salt Lake City, which is Delta’s largest hub in the west, is a destination in high demand by Columbus Region travelers,” said Joe Nardone, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, on Friday. “Delta has been serving John Glenn International passengers for 60 years, and the addition of their 13th nonstop destination further demonstrates their long-term commitment to our city. I encourage everyone to take advantage of Delta’s timesaving, nonstop Salt Lake City service.”

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Trump: U.S. was 'cocked and loaded' to strike Iran but he called off the attack

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 07:37

President Donald Trump says the U.S. was "cocked and loaded" to retaliate against Iran for downing an American drone, but canceled the strikes 10 minutes before they were to be carried out after being told some 150 people could die.

Trump tweeted Friday that the U.S. was ready to "retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die." He said a general told him 150 people, and he canceled the strikes as "not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone."

Trump tweeted that the U.S. will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon. But he says he's in no hurry to respond to the downing of the U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz.

He says U.S. sanctions are crippling the Iranian economy and that more are being added.

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