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Delaware County program uses horses to help children, first responders and veterans

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 14:00

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio — Stockhands Horses for Healing aims to help children with any disabilities or developmental challenges and first responders and veterans who may be going through emotional or physical issues.

Stockhands started in 2014 and is a non-profit organization. Their goal is to help create a non-judgmental atmosphere where people can be around others who may be going through similar situations.

The children's lessons are slightly different than the adults — they focus on core strength, balance and coordination. Adults, first responders and veterans can learn how to groom or tack up a horse properly.

Co-founder Lisa Benton said these skills can help people both physically and mentally. She said the relationship between a horse and a person taking time to care for them or be around them is rewarding.

She said it gives children or adults a place where they can come and be around people who may fully understand and experience the same situations.

Matthew Mankins has been coming to Stockhands for 15 months. He said he made the decision to go after being diagnosed with PTSD.

He is a veteran and was a first responder for Hanover Fire in Licking County. He said when he first got diagnosed, he didn't know exactly what PTSD was.

"It was a lot of emotional things happening due to responses due to stimuli around me. To storms, to thunder, to lightning, to fireworks, to certain smells," Mankins said.

He said coming here and meeting people who have become family and helped him gain the confidence to get through his challenges.

"A lot of veterans and first responders, we hide who we are and hide those systems we try to be tough and when you're around people like you who understand you can talk to that aren't judging you can just be yourself," Mankins said.

Stockhands offers a special first responder and veterans night every second and fourth Friday of the month. The programs are free for first responders and veterans, so Stockhands relies heavily on donations and sponsorships to take care of their facility and horses.

The horses are donated but it may not be a permanent home for them. Benton said the horses need to be able to be active and if they aren't, the facility says it makes sure to always find them a good home.

Benton said they are in the beginning stages of launching a capitol campaign to expand their facility and provide more services. The services will include making their facility fully handicap-accessible and adding a mounting lift.

Stockhands Horses for Healing wants to make sure they are providing for anyone, whether it's physically or mentally.

Categories: Ohio News

Hilliard man who pretended to be bounty hunter, federal agent gets 15 years in prison

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 13:53

A Hilliard man who pretended to be a bounty hunter and federal agent has been sentenced to prison Friday.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 27-year-old Shane Ryan Hammond was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $48,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to impersonating a federal agent, kidnapping, wire fraud and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.

Court documents say from March 2016 to May 2017, Hammond ran the “Midwest Fugitive Task Force” located in Columbus and sought out employment as a bail recovery agent for himself and employees.

Though he wasn’t licensed as a bounty hunter, the Department of Justice says Hammond kidnapped a person for a reward on at least nine occasions. All but one of the individuals were considered “bail skips.” Hammond was reportedly hired by a bail bondsman in West Virginia to apprehend and turn in individuals to a designated jail facility for a reward.

Officials say Hammond would typically dress in an all-black tactical uniform with a ballistic vest and carry multiple handguns, throwing knives, a Taser and one or two law-enforcement-style badges with “SWAT” or “AGENT” patches.

The Department of Justice says in one occasion in May of 2017, Hammond kidnapped a person outside of the grandmother’s home in Columbus by pushing through the door with an AK-47 and Taser pulled. Other incidents happened in different parts of the state, officials say.

FBI agents in their investigation also discovered Hammond devised a scheme to defraud investors of more than $48,000. He also stole one of the investors’ vehicles and drove it to West Virginia, where he was arrested.

Categories: Ohio News

Officials confirm body found in Franklin County is missing Zanesville woman

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 11:06

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Authorities say the body of 64-year-old Zanesville woman was found in southern Franklin County Thursday.

Zanesville police confirmed the identity that the body was that of Elizabeth Alvarez who had been missing since May 28.

According to police, Alvarez’s grandson is a person of interest in her disappearance and homicide investigation.

On Wednesday Alvarez’s grandson 26-year-old John J. Jenkins and his girlfriend 20-year-old Rachel Sipple were arrested by Columbus police following a police chase and vehicle crash.

Both were suspects wanted from a west Columbus gas station robbery and officer involved shooting investigation. Police did recover a pellet gun at the scene.

Both are being held at the Franklin County Jail on robbery charges.

Zanesville police believe foul play may be involved in Alvarez’s death.

John Jenkins and Rachel Sipple
Categories: Ohio News

Police searching for missing 10-year-old boy last seen in south Columbus

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:58

Columbus police are asking for assistance in finding a missing 10-year-old boy last seen on the city’s south side.

Police say Dalawn Nelms left his home in the area of Lockbourne Road and Kossuth Street on foot.

Dalawn is described as a black male, 5 feet tall, 90 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jean shorts.

Anyone with information should call police at 614-645-4624.

Categories: Ohio News

Kickoff times announced for 6 Ohio State football games

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:49

The Ohio State University has announced six kickoff times for the football team's 2019 season.

Four of the six are noon starts, including the first three games against Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati and at Indiana.

The October 5 game against Michigan State is set for a 7:30 p.m. kick and the Friday night game at Northwestern on October 18 is 8:30 p.m.

As usual, the Buckeyes game against That Team Up North is set for November 30 at noon.

2019 Ohio State Schedule

Aug. 31 – Florida Atlantic – Noon on FOX (Faculty & Staff and Alumni Band game)

Sept. 7 – Cincinnati – Noon on ABC (Hall of Fame game)

Sept. 14 – at Indiana – Noon on FOX

Sept. 21 – Miami (Ohio) – (Scarlet & Gray and Buckeyes Care game)

Sept. 28 – at Nebraska

Oct. 5 – Michigan State – 7:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN (Homecoming game)

Oct. 12 – Off

Oct. 18 – at Northwestern – 8:30 p.m. on FS1

Oct. 26 – Wisconsin – (Buckeye Club game)

Nov. 2 – Off

Nov. 9 – Maryland (Military Appreciation game)

Nov. 16 – at Rutgers

Nov. 23 – Penn State (Senior Day)

Nov. 30 – at Michigan – Noon on FOX

Dec. 7 – Big Ten Championship Game

Categories: Ohio News

Middle school in Pike County to be closed for 2019-20 school year due to radiological contamination

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:41

The Scioto Valley Local School District has made the decision to close Zahn’s Corner Middle School for the 2019-20 school year after the discovery of radioactive material in and around the school.

The school was closed earlier this month due to enriched uranium was detected inside and Neptunium 237 was detected by a nearby air monitor.

In a letter sent home to parents, the district said additional environmental testing will begin soon and last for several weeks.

As a result of the school closure, fourth and fifth-grade students will be housed at Jasper Elementary and sixth graders will be housed at Piketon Junior/Senior High School.

Categories: Ohio News

19 tornadoes hit Ohio Monday night into Tuesday morning, NWS says

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 08:43

The National Weather Service is confirming that 19 tornadoes hit Ohio in a Memorial Day barrage.

The tornado outbreak Monday evening into early Tuesday morning totals the average number of twisters Ohio gets a year. Currently, Ohio is at 34 tornadoes for 2019 -- which is ranked No. 7 for the most tornadic year since 1950.

Confirmed Ohio Tornadoes May 27 - 28:

  • Ern Montgomery and Wrn/Cntrl Greene County (EF3)
  • Tornado Confirmed in and near Trotwood (EF3)
  • Celina (EF3)
  • Northeast Montgomery County, OH (EF2)
  • Laurelville (EF2)
  • West Milton (EF2)
  • Northeast of Jamestown (EF2)
  • Northeast of Jamestown (EF1)
  • South of Tarlton (EF1)
  • West of Wapakoneta (EF1)
  • New Madison (EF1)
  • South of Hollansburg (EF1)
  • Southeast of Circleville (EF0)
  • Phillipsburg (EF0)
  • Taylor Creek Township (EF0)
  • Waynesfield (EF0)
  • South of Troy (EF0)
  • Roseville in Perry County (EF1)
  • Zaleski in Vinton County (EF0)

Tens of thousands of Ohio residents were without power or water Wednesday in the aftermath of the tornadoes that spun across the state. One person was killed and more than 140 injured.

At least 60,000 people lacked water service in the Dayton area, where ice and water distribution centers were set up. A utility said power had been returned to some 35,000 customers Wednesday, but tens of thousands still were awaiting restoration.

Gov. Mike DeWine declared an emergency in three hard-hit counties, allowing the state to bypass purchasing requirements to speed up delivery of essentials like water and generators.

"We get our share," DeWine told President Donald Trump on Tuesday, responding to the president's remark in a personal call that he didn't think of Ohio when he thought of tornadoes.

"Whatever we have to do, we'll do," Trump told the governor. "We'll take good care of you."

Categories: Ohio News

Chicago Cubs batter breaks down after his line drive strikes 4-year-old girl

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 07:25

Protective netting at ballparks is once again under scrutiny after a young girl was hit by a foul ball at a Wednesday night game between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros. The 4-year-old took a line drive during the fourth inning, causing the entire stadium to fall silent.

Moments after Chicago Cubs batter Albert Almora Jr. ripped a line drive into the stands, he knew exactly what happened.

"As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her," Almora said in a post-game interview.

A shaken Almora fell to his knees and began crying when he realized what had happened. His teammate and manager came over to console him.

"Just praying. I'm speechless. I'm at loss of words. Being a father, two boys," Almora said.

A young child is carried from the stands after being injured by a foul ball (AP Photo/David J. Phill

In a photo captured after the incident, you can see the young girl in tears, but alert, being held by a man believed to be her father. She was immediately taken to the hospital. Fans were visibly distraught. One woman covered her mouth in shock. After several minutes, Almora went back up to the plate.

"I had to try to keep my composure during that at bat, but when that half inning was over, I just couldn't hold it anymore," Almora said.

Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr., right, is comforted by Jason Heyward after hitting a foul ball into the stands (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Almora went over to the stands to check on the girl, and broke down again, crying in the arms of a security guard. He said when the child feels well enough, he wants to reach out to her.

"God willing, I'll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. But just prayers right now. That's all I really could control," Almora said.

The extent of the young girl's injuries is unclear at the moment but she is expected to be okay.

While the exit velocity of the swing was not made public, Statcast reported that it traveled 160 feet in 1.2 seconds – meaning it was going at least 90 mph.

Categories: Ohio News

MillerCoors brewery sending 50,000 cans of drinking water to southwest Ohio

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 06:45

DAYTON, Ohio -- Dayton-based Bonbright Distributors is teaming up with MillerCoors to bring in more than 50,000 12-ounce cans of fresh drinking water for free distribution in the Dayton area, Bonbright Chairman and CEO Brock Anderson III told WHIO Wednesday.

The water is en route to Dayton from a MillerCoors brewery in Virginia, and is expected to arrive sometime Thursday afternoon, Anderson said. Bonbright Distributors will make the water available for free to the public at its keg-sales office at 1 Arena Park Drive adjacent to the University of Dayton Arena “the minute it arrives tomorrow.”

WHIO reports that a large portion of the water will be delivered to The FoodBank of Dayton on Monday for distribution through the agency’s channels.

Tami Garrison, community affairs manager at MillerCoors, said in an email, “In the face of devastation, we’re doing our part to supply Miami Valley, Ohio tornado victims and first responders with essential clean water. Through the donation of the water cans, we aim to provide comfort and relief to help the community in their time of need.”

Categories: Ohio News

High Street reopens after truck hits utility pole on Ohio State campus

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 05:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police are investigating a single-vehicle crash where a truck hit a utility pole Thursday morning.

Officers were dispatched to North High Street and East 17th Avenue at 6:33 a.m.

Officers were forced to close High Street in both directions between Woodrow Avenue and East 12th Avenue.

Crews were able to clean up the damage and the road was reopened around 10:30 a.m.

Police say the driver of the truck was not injured.

It is unknown if the driver was cited in the crash.

Categories: Ohio News

Prosecutors push back on enforcing new state abortion laws

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 04:37

ATLANTA (AP) — New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce them.

The Associated Press reached out to nearly two dozen district attorneys across seven states, and several said they would not file criminal charges against doctors who violate the laws. Even a few who left open potentially charging doctors said they would not prosecute women for having an abortion, which some legal observers say could be a possibility under Georgia's law.

"I am never going to enforce a law that's unconstitutional, and furthermore, especially not one that targets women and girls," said David Cooke, chief prosecutor in Macon, Georgia, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.

The four district attorneys who said they would not enforce the laws at all cited the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide, saying their states' abortion laws clearly conflict with that decision. The new laws, which are not yet in effect, take aim at Roe in hopes that a new conservative majority on the court will overturn it.

For Cooke, the decision was also partly personal.

Georgia's law bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen in the sixth week of pregnancy, before many women know they're pregnant. It includes an exception for rape victims, but Cooke said his experience as a sex crimes prosecutor showed him that many victims are afraid to report the crime to police, often because the perpetrator has power over them.

"I've spent my entire career protecting women and girls and doing everything I can to get justice for them, and I am not about to abandon them now," he said in a phone interview.

Sherry Boston, whose district includes parts of Atlanta, cited her gender and role as a mother, saying she believed it was a woman's right to make decisions about her body and medical care. She also said her constituents don't want her to pursue women and doctors.

"My community has spoken very clearly that they want me to put my time and resources into human trafficking, domestic violence, gun and gang violence that ultimately are a detriment to our community," she said in a phone interview.

In Salt Lake City, Utah, District Attorney Sim Gill said he's received angry calls from some residents since announcing that he would not prosecute doctors for any violations of Utah's ban on abortion after 18 weeks. Gill's county includes the state's only two abortion clinics.

"I called some of them back, and I said to them, 'This isn't about my politics, but let me ask you, 'Do you want me to use the authority of my office to violate the constitutional rights of somebody?'" he said during a recent phone interview.

The pushback highlights the vast authority of elected prosecutors and raises the potential for uneven enforcement of abortion laws within states.

"DAs have a tremendous amount of discretion," said Peter Skandalakis, executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia, which trains prosecutors and guides them on their professional responsibilities. "All DAs have a lot more on their plate than they can possibly do when they're looking at cases on whether or not they prosecute."

Of the district attorneys AP contacted in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Utah, Louisiana, Ohio and Missouri — states that have recently enacted or are about to enact abortion restrictions — most did not respond or declined to comment.

Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner in St. Louis, Missouri, said in a statement that her office was examining the effect of the state's abortion law on health care providers in the city. Missouri banned abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Doctors who violate the cutoff could face five to 15 years in prison.

Other prosecutors were critical of decisions not to enforce the law.

John Melvin, acting district attorney in Cobb County, an Atlanta suburb, said in a statement that prosecutorial discretion is important.

"It does not allow prosecutors to ignore whole cloth the laws that our legislature passes. To do so would violate their oath to enforce the laws as well as their ethical obligations to do the same," he said.

Ryan Leonard, district attorney in a county about 20 miles (33 kilometers) west of Atlanta, told the Daily Report that women could be prosecuted for murder under the state's law and should not have an abortion if they want to avoid criminal charges. He did not return a message from The Associated Press.

The new laws will almost certainly be put on hold while legal challenges play out.

Boston said she would still refuse to prosecute anyone under Georgia's law if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the law went into effect.

Gill said prosecutors could still try to find "a measure of justice" in cases presented to them. "Justice is defined by proportionality," he said. "It's defined by equity and equality."

Categories: Ohio News

How to get around Memorial Tournament traffic this weekend

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 04:34

DUBLIN, Ohio – The big weekend is here and while many consider the Memorial Tournament weekend big because of the golf itself, the traffic around Dublin will likely be enough to stand out on its own.

Drivers should expect to see the heaviest delays on roads immediately surrounding the Muirfield Village Golf Club:

  • Dublin Road
  • Muirfield Drive
  • Brand Road
  • Glick Road

People who live in Dublin tell 10TV things can get pretty busy.

“We definitely have extra traffic because of all the extra folks,” said Bridget Mariea. “And that's, you know, you just plan ahead for it and try to avoid those areas if you can.”

To get around the area, Dublin Police suggest using ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft, as long as visitors stick to the approved pick-up and drop-off zones:

  • The 19th hole lot
  • Gate #15

For people who choose to drive themselves, police tell 10TV they just need to have a plan.

“Obviously we anticipate an increased amount of traffic in the area so we would caution drivers to pay close attention to where they're trying to get to before they get into their vehicle and start traveling to the area, as well as be familiar with the parking areas for the tournament,” Lt. Greg Lattanzi with the Dublin Police Department.

The main parking lots that are free to the public include:

  • The 19th hole lot off Dublin Road
  • The Ashbaugh lot off Brand Road, east of Muirfield Drive
  • The Columbus Zoo lot off Powell Road, available Thursday through Sunday

To get to these parking options, Lt. Lattanzi suggests sticking with Dublin Road or Sawmill Road as primary routes.

For more detailed information, click here.

Also watch for road closures around Bridge Park due to the Fore!Fest Street and Music Festival. Read more about the event here.

Categories: Ohio News

Body thought to be missing 5-year-old girl found hours after uncle charged with murder

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 04:29

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A body believed to be a missing 5-year-old Utah girl was found Wednesday less than a block from her home, bringing a wide-ranging search to a grim close five days after the child was taken from her home and killed by her uncle, police said.

The body believed to be Elizabeth "Lizzy" Shelley was found hidden under trees and brush after 21-year-old Alex Whipple told his lawyer where he had hidden her, Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen said.

The discovery came hours after Whipple was charged with murder and other counts. He provided the map in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table, Jensen said.

Jensen said the discovery was disappointing but "nevertheless is closure and helps us be able to now deal with the investigation and help the family through their grief."

In a statement read by a victim's advocate, the girl's mother Jessica Whipple said: "There are not words to express the sadness and heartbreak we feel today. This did not end the way we wanted to do but in the sadness we are comforted by the effort people put in to find Lizzy. We would never have expected this outpouring of love and support. It was beautiful."

The body was found after officers spent days combing the city set in a picturesque valley near the Idaho border about 80 miles (129 kilometers) north of Salt Lake City.

Crews previously searched the area where the body was buried but didn't find her, Jensen said.

Alex Whipple's attorney Shannon Demler said his client "knows he did something that's inexcusable."

"He wanted at least the family to know ... she had passed away so that they could get some kind of closure," Demler said.

Whipple hadn't previously acknowledged involvement in his niece's disappearance, but did tell police alcohol makes him "black out" and sometimes do "criminal things," prosecutors said.

He alluded frequently to "how evil the world we live in is," as he talked about his struggles as a child, according to court documents.

Whipple was charged with aggravated murder, child kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a human body, a charge that relates to steps taken to hide the body, Jensen said.

The child's blood was found on Whipple's watch and sweatshirt, authorities said, and his handprint was discovered on the PVC pipe. Nearby was a broken knife taken from the family's kitchen bearing the blood of the girl.

A teal skirt with lace that she was last seen wearing was found "hastily buried" near the pipe and knife, the charges state.

The search for Lizzy began Saturday morning, when her frantic mother reported the girl's bed was empty and the front door was wide open. Also missing was Alex Whipple, who had slept on the couch after a night of drinking with his sister and her boyfriend.

Jessica Whipple didn't see her younger brother often but decided to help him when he asked her to pick him up, said Bill Whipple, their grandfather.

He said Alex Whipple had a difficult childhood but had never showed violent tendencies.

"I would never, ever in a million years have thought he was capable of harming such a cute little girl," Bill Whipple said. "I knew he was a thief, but I never labeled him as a murderer."

Alex Whipple's mother left the family when he was young, leaving his father to raise three children alone while he worked as a truck driver. The young man spent time in foster homes and didn't graduate from high school.

Police found him Saturday afternoon about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the family home.

He had a pipe used for narcotics, a beer and a baseball bat, though it's not thought to have been a weapon used on the girl, according to charging documents.

He had blood-colored stains on his pants and "filthy" hands that he attempted to lick clean, police said. After first denying he'd been at his sister's house, he later said he left in the early morning for a walk alone.

Whipple has a criminal record that includes a 2016 assault, possession of a stolen vehicle and drug-related charges.

He had been on probation and making progress but began missing appointments at the beginning of the year and dropped out of touch in April, a probation agent said in court documents.

Alex Whipple is scheduled to make a court appearance Monday.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio State trustees expected to remove ‘emeritus’ status from Dr. Strauss

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 03:53

COLUMBUS (WBNS) – A committee of Ohio State University trustees is expected to vote Thursday afternoon to remove the emeritus status for Dr. Richard Strauss.

The move is a largely symbolic rebuke of the former campus doctor and athletic team physician and comes after an outside law firm hired by OSU released a 200-page report finding that Strauss sexually abused at least 177 students during his time on campus.

The investigation found Ohio State knew about complaints from students as far back as 1979 but failed to act until 1996 when other students complained that they were fondled at a student health clinic.

Ohio State has been sued repeatedly over Strauss’ alleged behavior – including the latest lawsuit filed this week by 37 former athletes – 26 of them were OSU football players who allege Strauss subjected them to prolonged genital exams that were both inappropriate and unnecessary. Eleven of those football players allege that they reported their concerns to the late football trainer Billy Hill – the lawsuit alleges Hill (who died in 1995) brushed off their concerns.

Strauss was removed from his role at the student health center but was still granted emeritus status in 1998. He died by suicide in 2005.

A resolution calling for the revocation says Strauss' action are antitheical with the university's values.

In a letter to the board, President Drake called it “serious dishonorable conduct.”

Below is the resolution the board of trustees committee is expected to vote on Thursday:

Synopsis: Revocation of professor emeritus title, is proposed.

WHEREAS Dr. Richard Strauss was employed by the university from 1978 to 1998, and he was granted the title of professor emeritus, effective March 1, 1998; and

WHEREAS the university commissioned an independent investigation by Perkins Coie LLP after survivors brought forward allegations of sexual abuse in spring 2018; and

WHEREAS the report delivered by Perkins Coie LLP in May 2019 concludes that Strauss engaged in acts of abuse against at least 177 former students; and

WHEREAS Strauss’s actions are antithetical to the university’s values; and

WHEREAS the president is recommending that the university revoke said emeritus title from Strauss, who died in 2005; and

WHEREAS the president has fully complied with applicable procedures and university rules and in accordance with those procedures and rules:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees hereby approves the revocation of professor emeritus title from Richard Strauss.

The full board is expected to take up the matter on Friday.

On Wednesday, a group impaneled by Gov. Mike DeWine met to review what information the state medical board had on Strauss and if it failed to act or take action against Strauss. The state medical board says it has turned over unredacted information to the working group, which has a report due on August 1.

Categories: Ohio News

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge offers new world at Disneyland

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 03:34

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is on the same land as Disneyland, but stepping into the new attraction transports visitors to an entirely different world.

The theme park offered media a glimpse into Galaxy's Edge on Wednesday. The exclusive tour included a Star Wars-themed food tasting, a stroll through the Black Spire Outpost marketplace and four-minute ride on the Millennium Falcon.

A firsthand look took place a couple days before Galaxy's Edge opens at the California theme park on Friday. That's when guests with a pre-reservation can experience the largest single-themed land created in a Disney park.

Disney officials said it took more the five years to develop and finish the attraction.

"I'm very excited about being this close to inviting guests and our biggest fans to join us at the edge of the galaxy," said Scott Trowbridge, portfolio creative executive and studio leader at Walt Disney Imagineering. He spoke in front of the First Order TIE echelon spaceship.

"We had the fans in mind the whole time," he said. "We've been able to kind of open it up to them and invite them to kind of join us on this remote outpost planet."

Disney christened the land Wednesday night with a firework display and an assembly of some of biggest names in the "Star Wars" universe: creator George Lucas and actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams.

Galaxy's Edge is an adventure through the grungy planet Batuu, a remote world in the newest "Star Wars" trilogy, and the fight between the Resistance and the evil First Order. The sprawling 14-acre land has three different areas including the Resistance, First Order and the Village.

Guests can build their own droids and lightsabers and interact with aliens . They can also step into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, the exact replica of the ship from the films, measuring more than 100 feet long. The interactive experience allows a team of six people to operate the spacecraft during the interactive experience.

Some familiar faces including Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and fan-favorite Chewbacca will be a part of the adventure as visitors explore the immersive world.

Guests can take a swig of the same kind of blue milk that made an appearance with Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: A New Hope." The dairy-free milk is a frozen blend with dashes of citrus taste.

Disneyland was the second most popular theme park in the world last year with 18.6 million visitors. It is second only to Disney World in Florida, where a version of Galaxy's Edge is scheduled to open Aug. 29.

Categories: Ohio News

Families react to arrest of 13-year-old murder suspect

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 19:52

The memorial still stands for 14-year-old Jaykwon Sharp, who was shot and killed near Shady Lane Elementary school last Wednesday. The 13-year-old suspect Juano Peyton is now in custody.

“It's a relief that she can go on and deal with her son now, take her mind off of him and put her mind on her son now,” said neighbor Purity Snelling.

Snelling has lived next to Jaykwon and his family for the past 7 years. She has been like a grandmother to the kids and has been comforting Jaykwon's mom.

“She's broken-hearted. She's lost her baby. She's doing to me, better than I would,” Snelling explained.

Juano's grandmother said she wishes she could go back and change what happened. She says her heart breaks for Jaykwon's mom, and she's been praying for her.

“I can't bring back their baby, but don't think my family don't care. Don't think that at all because we do,” Judy Darby said.

Darby was there as her grandson was taken into custody. She says she tried to get him to turn himself into police right away.

“There's always a choice in life. There's always a choice in life,” Darby said with tears in her eyes.

Darby is going to support her grandson the best she can. She says there hasn't been a minute since the shooting that she hasn't thought about Jaykwon and his family.

“I think about a mother and a father who woke up this morning and they don't have their son,” Darby said.

Jaykwon's family is still working on funeral arrangements, they have set up a GoFundMe to help cover expenses.

Peyton is expected to be back in court next week.

Categories: Ohio News

City of Columbus looks to give residents voice in new police chief hiring

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 19:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio - If you live in Columbus and thought your voice would never be heard, now is your time to speak up.

"This is something that's an important issue to me," Sean Powers said.

Powers says he hesitated, at first, coming to Wednesday night's meeting, which is the first of six public forums for the citizens of Columbus to have direct input on the city's hiring of a new police chief. It's an effort spearheaded by an advisory committee appointed by Mayor Andrew Ginther.

"It's a process I've never seen in my career," Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin said.

Baldwin, who served 31 years with CPD, is one of eight on the committee. He says now is the time for communities to get involved.

"Communities that want their voice heard, this is their opportunity," he said.

Wednesday's meeting asked for peoples' opinions on areas of focus and what needs to be a priority for the new chief. Also, when it comes to a mixed demographic, people shared thoughts about various communities and cultures and how that might play a role in the new hire.

Powers says these aren't new topics, but the conversation is needed.

At the end of the meeting, people filled out a nine-question survey. Those answers will go back to the committee and help with the new hire. If you can't be at a meeting you can still be involved.

People can find that same survey here.

Powers hopes all the information will be taken seriously and it will help to promote change within the Columbus Police Department.

Sheriff Baldwin says that's the goal and the more people who take part the better the outcome will be.

"Come out and let us know," he said. "Let us know what is important to you and important to your community and help us make that decision."

The other public forums will be:

June 4 - 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Westgate Recreation Center
455 South Westgate Ave.

June 18 - 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Reeb Avenue Community Dinner and Engagement Forum
280 Reeb Ave.

June 19 - 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Marion Franklin High School
1265 Koebel Rd.

June 25 - 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Columbus Urban League
788 Mt. Vernon Ave.

June 27 - 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
St. Stephen's Community House
1500 East 17th Ave.

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Report: White House wanted USS John McCain moved for Trump Japan trip

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 19:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report says the White House wanted the U.S. Navy to keep a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain "out of sight" for President Donald Trump's recent trip to Japan.

The Wall Street Journal, citing a May 15 email, reported Wednesday that a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official detailed plans to Navy and Air Force officials for Trump's arrival.

One directive said: "USS John McCain needs to be out of sight." The official said he would talk to the White House military office to get more information on the directive.

Trump has tweeted that he "was not informed about anything having to do with the Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan."

Trump had a rocky relationship with McCain, who died last year.

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2019 Memorial Tournament: Schedule, course policies, parking info

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 19:34
Tournament Schedule

May 27 - 29 | Practice Rounds

May 29 | Nationwide Invitational at the Memorial Tournament (Official Pro-Am) - 7 a.m.

May 29 | Honoree Ceremony - 1:30 p.m.

May 30 | First Round - Golf Channel (2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

May 31 | Second Round - Golf Channel (2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

June 1 | Third Round - 10TV (3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

June 2 | Final Round - 10TV (2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

LIST: Tee times, pairings for 1st & 2nd rounds of 2019 Memorial Tournament

More Info: Memorial Tournament Field & Player Bios | Course Overview | Ticket Information | FAQ | Pro Shop


2019 Field of Competitors

This year's field of 120 players represents 45 major championship titles, and features FedExCup points leader Matt Kuchar, 2018Memorial Tournament winner Bryson DeChambeau, three-time major champion Jordan Spieth and Woods, a five-time Memorial winner.

This year’s field features seven of the world’s top 10. A total of 12 past Memorial winners will be returning to Muirfield Village Golf Club.

LIST: Field of competitors for the 2019 Memorial Tournament


Policies & Prohibited Items

The Memorial Tournament has set up a web page full of policies and items not allowed for the tournament. They remind patrons there is a no autograph policy during the tournament, including the practice rounds.

Mobile devices are permitted but there is restricted use:

  • Devices must be on silent at all times; flash may not be used.
  • Devices may be used to capture video, audio and photos (content) in all areas throughout Tournament week.
  • Content may be used for personal purposes (e.g., personal social media); no commercial use.
  • No live streaming or real-time coverage (e.g., no shot-by-shot coverage).
  • Data use (e.g., texting) is permitted in all areas throughout Tournament week.
  • Phone calls are allowed only in designated areas.
  • Please be respectful of play and do not interfere with players, caddies or media.
  • All posted signage and instructions from Tournament staff must be observed.
  • Failure to comply with this policy may result in revocation of your ticket.

You can view a more detailed list and further information here.


Traffic & Parking

Parking Lots: Parking is free for patrons in the public lots.

  • 19th Hole Lot - Located off State Route 745/Dublin Road
  • Valet Parking - Service is available Wednesday - Sunday (pre-paid only), in the 19th Hole Lot. Valet parking service is limited and sold separately each day. Entrance #6 is directly across the street from the 19th Hole Lot.
  • Columbus Zoo Lot (Thursday – Sunday ONLY) 4850 W Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065 | Shuttles run: Thursday - Sunday: 6:45 a.m. - 7 p.m. (or one hour after play)
  • Ashbaugh Lot - Located off Brand Road just east of Muirfield Drive
  • Disabled Parking - 6189 Memorial Dr., Dublin, OH 43017 (Muirfield Square) State-issued placard required | Shuttles run: Monday - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (or one hour after play)

Approved Ride Share drop-off/pick-up locations:

  • 19th Hole Lot (10569 Dublin Rd., Dublin, OH 43017)
  • Gate #15 (8668 Muirfield Dr., Dublin, OH 43017)

On-Street Parking: Limited on-street parking available to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis. Cars must be removed one hour after play concludes or they will be towed at the owner's expense.

  • Muirfield Drive, north of Memorial Drive.
  • Carnoustie Drive, located off northbound Muirfield Drive, just south of Glick Road.

Parking on any Muirfield Village street is prohibited except in designated areas. Cars will be towed at the owner's expense.

Traffic Updates: A radio broadcast station will be in service to update motorists on their way to and from the Tournament. To hear this broadcast, tune your car radio to 1610 AM. Patrons should be able to receive the broadcast within a three to five-mile radius of Muirfield Village

Additional parking and traffic information for the 2018 Memorial Tournament can be found here.

Course Map

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German Village post office temporarily closed after ceiling collapse

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 18:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The German Village post office on East Whittier Street is temporarily closed after the building’s ceiling collapsed, according to the United States Postal Service.

The USPS said safety inspectors determined the building cannot be occupied.

The post office’s operations have been moved to the South Columbus post office at 445 East Innis Avenue.

That post office is open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is open 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday.

It is unclear what caused the ceiling to collapse.

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