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Cool at School: Students helping the homeless through various projects

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:56

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Homelessness is a problem that affects people of all ages. Local advocacy group "See Kids Dream" recently teamed up with Crimson Cup Coffee to give students from Ohio Avenue Elementary the opportunity to help the homeless.

Students crafted an original video to create awareness about homelessness and to let people know there's somewhere they can go to get help. "For our video, we show, like, the organization that they can go to -- Huckleberry House -- and what they do there," said fifth-grader Jerome Johnson.

Melissa Rogner, director of marketing from Crimson Cup and a volunteer for Project Dream said, "It was really uplifting to see how children were empowered to think beyond themselves. And I think that's a cool component of how you build a really positive community."

Student Daylanie Johnson understands the importance of being involved in the community: "If you know somebody's struggling and you don't help them, it's a problem," he said. "Like, you need to help people when you know they're struggling."

See Kids Dream is actively involved in a number of projects that encourage critical thinking and civic engagement. Click here to learn more about the organization and they work they do.

Categories: Ohio News

Man who claimed dismembered woman died during sex found guilty of murder

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:12

TARRANT COUNTY, Texas -- A Texas jury on Monday convicted a man of killing a college student who was found dismembered, burned and with her heart cut out -- rejecting a defense attorney's argument that her client panicked only after the woman died during consensual sex.

Jurors in Fort Worth deliberated less than three hours before finding Charles Dean Bryant guilty of murder in the death of Jacqueline Vandagriff, a 24-year-old student at Texas Woman's University in Denton.

Hours later, he was sentenced to life in prison by the same jury.

Bryant, 31, also was found guilty of tampering with evidence and was sentenced to an additional 20 years on that conviction. The sentences will be served concurrently. The jury deliberated the sentences for about an hour Monday afternoon.

Defense attorney Glynis McGinty argued that Vandagriff died accidentally during consensual sex with Bryant. She said a plastic tie was placed around Vandagriff's neck, causing asphyxiation. Prosecutors countered that there's no evidence the two had sex.

McGinty said Bryant committed a crime by panicking and disposing of the woman's body in September 2016, but he did not commit murder.

But prosecutor Lucas Allan told jurors that contrary to defense claims, Bryant didn't "freak out" because Vandagriff died. Bryant deliberately killed her and calmly dismembered her body while cutting out her heart, Allan said.

"Why cut out the heart? What does it have to do with disposing of a body? He cut her heart out," the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Allan as telling jurors Monday. "I want that image to sink in."

Social media accounts, surveillance video and cellphone pings all put Vandagriff and Bryant, a fitness trainer, together at a bar in Denton and eventually at his home, reports CBS DFW. Investigators say there's also evidence someone had started digging a hole in Bryant's backyard. The spot is where officials say Bryant initially tried to bury Vandagriff.

Vandagriff's remains were found in a kiddie pool near Grapevine Lake two nights after the fatal encounter, the station reports. Her purse was found in the trash at Bryant's home.

Investigators later learned that a former girlfriend had a protective order against Bryant for allegedly stalking and harassing the woman.

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus Blue Jackets host fan festivities around 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:26

You're invited!

The Columbus Blue Jackets are inviting fans to take part in various game-night festivities surrounding the 2018 Blue Jackets Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Nationwide is presenting the pre-game parties on the Front Street plaza in front of Nationwide Arena starting three hours before each game.

On Tuesday, April 17, fans can enjoy music, attractions, drinks, and watch an hour-long edition of FOX Sports Ohio's Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The party officially kicks off at 4:30 p.m.

The Fan's Common Man & T-Bone will get an early start as they broadcast live from the plaza from 3-6 p.m. prior to games 3 and 4.

Game tickets are not required to attend the plaza parties.

Doors to Nationwide Arena will open at 6 p.m. for games 3 and 4.

All fans attending Round 1 home games will receive a playoff-themed T-shirt and rally towel.

Here is the complete schedule for the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Series against Washington:

Categories: Ohio News

Starbucks faces image crisis after arrest of 2 men

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:40

NEW YORK (AP) — Three years ago, Starbucks was widely ridiculed for trying to start a national conversation on race relations by asking its employees to write the words "Race Together" on coffee cups. The initiative, though it backfired, was in line with the company's longstanding effort to project a progressive and inclusive image.

The company is now through the looking glass, trying to tamp down a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia. How could Starbucks, which once urged its employees to start conversations about race with customers, now be under fire for its treatment of black people?

The episode highlights the risks large corporations run when they tie their brands so closely to social messaging. In 2015, then-CEO Howard Schultz shrugged off the "Race Together" fiasco as a well-intentioned mistake and pressed on with his public efforts to engage in the debate over race in America. His successor, Kevin Johnson, is now scrambling to keep the Philadelphia incident from shattering the message Schultz was going for: Starbucks is a corporation that stands for something beyond profit.

"The more your brand is trying to connect emotionally to people, the more hurt people feel when these kinds of things happen," said Jacinta Gauda, the head of the Gauda Group, a New York strategic communications firm affiliated with the Grayling network. "They are breaking a promise. That's what makes it hurt deeper."

Beyond racial relations, Starbucks has staked much of its brand on its dual promise of providing good customer service and treating its employees well, said John Gordon, a restaurant industry analyst with Pacific Management Consulting Group. The Seattle company has a reputation for well-managed stores, "a point of difference that allows them to sell primarily drinks and coffees that have a higher cost," he said.

But in a multinational company with more than 28,000 stores worldwide, there has "to be a situation every day where some human being handles things wrong. You can't have that many employees and not have something stupid happen," Gordon said. "Even with a huge operations manual that lays out what to say and what to do, you can't cover everything."

Still, Starbucks has set its own high bar.

Last month, the company claimed it had achieved 100 percent pay equity across gender and race for all its U.S. employees and committed to doing the same for its overseas operations, an initiative publicly backed by equality activist Billie Jean King. The company also touts the diversity of its workforce, saying minorities comprise more than 40 percent of its employees in the U.S.

In 2016, Starbucks promised to invest in 15 "underserved" communities across the country, trying to counter an image of a company catering to a mostly white clientele. One of those stores opened in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of the 2014 protests that erupted following the police shooting of Michael Brown, one of several such killings that moved Schultz to launch the Race Together campaign.

Those efforts are in stark contrast to the video that went viral over the weekend showing the two black men being arrested by police who were called by an employee. Officials have said police officers were told the men had asked to use the store's restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything and they refused to leave.

On Monday, about two dozen protesters took over the Philadelphia shop, chanting slogans like, "A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black." The hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter.

Johnson, who called has called the arrests "reprehensible," arrived in Philadelphia this weekend to personally confront the crisis. He said he hopes to meet with the two men who were detained in the next couple of days and apologize to them face-to-face. And he promised to revamp store management training to include "unconscious-bias" training.

"I watched the video, which was hard to watch. That is not what Starbucks is about. That is not representative of our mission, our values and our guiding principles," Johnson said.

Gauda, who has developed workplace inclusion and diversity strategies for corporate clients, cautioned that any unconscious-bias training should not be treated as "special subject" but incorporated as a core part of its employee training. She warned Starbucks against treating Philadelphia as a one-off affair, urging the company to investigate whether there were any warning signs.

"I would suspect that this particular issue is something that has occurred before," Gauda said. "The company is in crisis mode now, but they should not look at this as an isolated issue."

Gauda and other corporate communications experts said they were impressed that Johnson immediately took a hands-on approach to addressing the crisis, saying his efforts would pay off in an age where corporations are under the glare of social media.

"I'm actually surprised he is handling it the way a CEO should be handling it. He went in head first and he took the blame for it," said M.J. McCallum, vice president and creative director of Muse Communications, an advertising and communications agency with an African-American focus. "I definitely applaud that. Most people won't jump on the bomb."

"Starbucks has a great reputation. They stand for a better culture. They have stores in inner cities," McCallum said. "I think he realizes what this one incident can do for his brand."

Categories: Ohio News

ODOT urges drivers to 'Move Over'

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:56

You can't understand the why if you don't understand the who.

"Being out on Rt. 33 when we're on the berm, or what not, you can feel the cars going," Jeremy Wheeling said.

Wheeling is one "who." He's married with three children.

"It only takes one second for something to happen and then that changes our whole life forever," Raymond McCandlish said.

McCandlish is another "who." He's married and has two granddaughters.

His job is dangerous.

"Safety is 80 percent of what we do," McCandlish said. "And, 20 percent I'm trying to concentrate on the job."

His job is dangerous because a lot of his work days consist of him standing on the side of Ohio's roadways.

He's worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation for 28 years. Wheeling just celebrated one year. Both men rely on drivers to do the right thing.

"We always got to have one eye paying attention back here, because somebody's not going to be paying attention," Wheeling said.

While they're working guardrails, ditching or fixing the berm or potholes, they worry.

"It's not if you're going to be hit, it's when," McCandlish said.

McCandlish remembers when the "Move Over" law first went into effect in 1999. Originally, it was for law enforcement and emergency responders. In 2013, it expanded to every vehicle with flashing lights.

Still, they say it's not enough.

"It seems like every week, there's something," McCandlish said.

Last year, there were 152 incidents involving ODOT crews. Workers say what they see the most is distracted driving.

"It's gotten better," McCandlish said. "Until everybody started getting the telephones and you see them texting all the time."

The memorial inside ODOT headquarters honors the men and women of ODOT who have died while on the job. 162 of them.

Matt Bruning with ODOT says that number is not only the number of casualties from those drivers who do not "Move Over," but it is factored in.

They are the "Who" that make the "Why" so important.

"I'm like every other working person out there," Wheeling said. "We have kids and families we'd like to go home to. So, when you see the signs move over and slow down, we would appreciate it if you actually followed that."

According to ODOT, 23 highway workers are killed every month across the country.

In Ohio, the law says you have to get over if there are flashing lights on a stationary vehicle on the side of the road.

If you can't get over, you are to slow down and be prepared to stop. Failure to comply can cost you up to $1,000 in fines.

Categories: Ohio News

Two charged after body found in basement of southwest Franklin County home

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:11

HARRISBURG, Ohio – Two people are now facing criminal charges in connection with a body found in the basement of a home on High Street in Harrisburg Monday evening.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said the landlord found the body inside a duplex in the 1000 block of High Street. Sheriff’s investigators said the initial investigation indicated the victim died from a drug overdose.

The identity of the person who was found has not been released.

Court documents obtained by 10TV show Angela M. Nichols, 36, and Andrew Nichols, 32, were each charged with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. Both will be arraigned Wednesday morning.

Criminal complaints filed in court reveal the defendants are accused of hiding the victim’s body, cleaning the area where the victim died with Clorox, and disposing of both the victim’s vehicle and cell phone.

Investigators said based on decomposition, it’s possible the victim’s body was concealed in the home for about a month. The Franklin County coroner is performing an autopsy in an attempt to determine the exact cause of death.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is also on scene.

According to @OHFCSO - the landlady to the building on S High Street found the body of a male in the basement. It is a duplex building with other tenants. It’s not clear if it was a tenant who was found. @10TV #10TV

— Bryant Somerville (@Bryant10TV) April 17, 2018

Categories: Ohio News

Police: Reports of people being shot with paintballs in north Columbus

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:54

Columbus police say a prank popping up in north Columbus is no laughing matter.

Since April 1, Columbus officers have responded to 16 calls of paintball attacks. They mostly are happening in the Linden area.

Sgt. Dana Hess of the Columbus Division of Police says there are reports of people getting shot with paintballs as they walk down the street. She says cars are even racing up the street shooting paintballs at each other.

Hess says the paintballs are not only dangerous outside of a controlled environment but also become a public safety concern because the way the paintball guns look.

"There's a controlled environment for these types of toys," Sgt. Hess said. "And when they are using them out on the street, they can resemble real firearms which can clearly be dangerous from a police officer's perspective as we are responding to a call."

Sgt. Hess says anyone caught using a paintball gun on the street will be charged at the highest level the law allows.

Categories: Ohio News

Nationwide manhunt underway for accused killer grandma

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:58

There is a nationwide manhunt for a grandmother, who is considered armed and dangerous. Police say surveillance video shows 56-year-old grandmother Lois Riess, targeting 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson in a Ft. Myers bar.

The two women looked alike, a fatal coincidence for Hutchinson. She was later found shot to death in her condo. Detectives say Riess murdered her, then stole her white Acura, credit cards and her identity.

"Suspect Riess, although she may look like anyone's mother or grandmother," said Carmine Marceno, Lee County undersheriff. "She's an absolute cold-blooded murderer."

Riess is also suspected in her husband's shooting death in Minnesota in late March. David Riess was found murdered in the couple's home.

Riess, who reportedly loves to gamble, stopped at different casinos before driving to Ft. Myers earlier this month and meeting Hutchinson.

"It's just evil that flowed through. Because how can you go around killing people for no other good reason other than to keep yourself out of prison," said Danielle Jeffreys, Hutchinson's cousin.

Investigators say Riess has since driven 1,300 miles along the Gulf Coast until her last known sighting in Corpus Christi, Texas.

"As her resources go away she may become more desperate and God forbid may strike again," said Marceno.

Police believe Riess killed both victims with the same gun, and may still have it.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio University police issue crime alert after reported rape

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:41

ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University police have issued a crime alert after a student reported she was raped.

Police said the female student said she was raped between the hours of 11:30 p.m. on April 14 and 1 a.m. on April 15 near Brown Hall.

A suspect description was nor provided.

Police said there are resources for sexual assault sexual assault survivors.

Confidential and non-confidential campus or community resources can be found by clicking here.

Categories: Ohio News

'Night Court' star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:21

Harry Anderson, the actor best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room in the televised comedy series "Night Court," has been found dead in his North Carolina home.

Anderson was 65.

A statement from the Asheville Police Department said officers responded to a call from Anderson's home early Monday and found him dead. The statement said foul play is not suspected.

On "Night Court," Anderson played Judge Harry T. Stone, a young jurist who professed his love for singer Mel Torme, actress Jean Harlow, magic tricks and his collection of art-deco ties.

He also appeared on the series "Tales From The Crypt."

Anderson is survived by two children from his first marriage to Leslie Pollack, and by his current wife Elizabeth Morgan.

Categories: Ohio News

Trump pushes to expand use of medication to treat addiction

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:43

Deep within President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid abuse, overshadowed by his call for the death penalty for some drug traffickers, is a push to expand the use of medication to treat addiction.

It's a rare instance in which Trump isn't trying to dismantle Obama administration policies, and where fractious Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together.

Trump declared last month that "we're making medically assisted treatment more available and affordable," even as Congress was working to approve $1 billion for a new treatment grant program for opioids as part of the massive government funding bill.

Not to offer such treatment is like "trying to treat an infection without antibiotics," new Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told the National Governors Association earlier this year.

Experts have long argued that medication-assisted treatment should be the standard of care for people addicted to heroin and other opioid drugs. But acceptance lags. Cost is a barrier, as are government regulations. Some of the medications are opioids themselves and there's no consensus on how long patients should remain in treatment.

In its final year, the Obama administration pushed through Congress $1 billion for opioid crisis grants to states. Of that, $500 million was to be released last year and the other $500 million this year. States had to show that their opioid programs are based on clinical evidence, so medication-assisted treatment got a big boost.

The 2018 spending bill provides another $1 billion, and the Trump administration says it will carry even more specific requirements for states to use treatment supported by clinical evidence, including medications.

"The government is talking about treatment and medication-assisted treatment in a way that the government has never done before," said Tom Hill, vice president of addiction and recovery at the National Council for Behavioral Health, which advocates for mental health and addiction treatment.

Overdose deaths from heroin, synthetics like fentanyl, and prescription painkillers, reached 42,000 in 2016, according to the latest statistics.

"This is being addressed as the illness that it is," said Elinore McCance-Katz, assistant secretary of HHS for mental health and substance abuse. "Most definitely the government is acknowledging the disease of addiction as it pertains to opioids — and other substances as well — but opioids of course are an emergency."

Grants are awarded to states based on a variety of factors, including overdose deaths and the number of people who can't find treatment.

A study looking at New England by the nonprofit Institute for Clinical and Economic Review found that every dollar invested in medication treatment would return about $1.80 in savings, when factoring in society's costs from lost productivity and crime.

Vermont has been hard hit by the addiction epidemic and is among states that have previously gotten federal money for medication-assisted treatment. Its central goal is to improve access, according to a federal report. In Massachusetts, the plan is aimed in part at pregnant women and new mothers. Indiana wants to focus on rural residents.

One Vermont physician, Dr. Deborah Richter, says medications have helped her patients, especially when combined with counseling.

"People got back to what they were before the addiction seized them," she said.

As a doctor, "it was on a personal level so rewarding to save other mothers' children."

Skeptics of the government emphasis on medication-assisted treatment say it's not a cure-all.

Jonathan Goyer, manager of the Anchor recovery program in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, said he sees many patients who don't want to take medication, because they want to be free of drugs altogether.

"We should be increasing medication-assisted treatment," said Goyer. "But we should also be increasing everything else."

At the Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers in Youngstown, Ohio, outpatient director Pam Ramsey said her program emphasizes medication as an aid, not as the sole treatment.

"It really is an assist to the treatment," said Ramsey. Along with medication, treatment incorporates a version of the traditional 12-step approach to quitting, counseling sessions, group meetings, and follow-up. "Our goal is still abstinence."

Home remodeling contractor Rob Judy said he's wrestled with heroin addiction for more than 20 years. Medication alone did not keep him drug free, nor did a faith-based program.

Finally Judy signed up for comprehensive treatment at Neil Kennedy.

The medication puts out "the fire of active addiction, of having to wake up and use," said Judy. But he says that needs to be followed with counseling, peer support and follow-up care.

"I believe that addiction is based on and driven by loss, and at the core of it is pain," said Judy. "If you don't address those issues, sooner or later you're going to relapse."

Categories: Ohio News

Reports: Police moved past deputies to enter Florida school

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:38

When Coral Springs police officer Gil Monzon arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School minutes after a gunman unleashed a massacre that killed 17, he says he found two Broward County sheriff's deputies in the parking lot.

He asked for the shooter's location, and was told they didn't know, but he could see a body next to the freshman building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and bullet marks in its third-floor windows. He said in reports released Monday that he and three other Coral Springs officers immediately went to the building, checked the body and then entered, where they immediately found a victim standing against a wall and then falling to the floor.

The four pages written by three officers detail what they found when they arrived at the Feb. 14 shooting that also left 17 wounded. They corroborate earlier reports that the first Broward deputies at the scene failed to enter the building to confront the gunman and assist the wounded.

Officer Tim Burton, the first on-duty Coral Springs officer to arrive, grabbed his rifle and was directed toward the freshman building, where he found Deputy Scot Peterson, the school's security officer, taking cover behind a concrete column.

He said Peterson told him he had not heard any shots for several minutes, but to watch his back, that the shooter might be in the parking lot.

Peterson would soon retire from his deputy job under criticism from Sheriff Scott Israel, who said he should have immediately entered the building to find the killer. Parents, meanwhile, speculated that victims on the third floor could have survived had first responders reached them more quickly: Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina died in the attack, tweeted over the weekend, "6 on the 3rd may have lived if anyone had gone in."

Monzon said that after dragging the victim who collapsed out of the building, he and three other officers went back inside.

"The hallway was quiet and full of thick smoke from gunfire," he wrote. They found a female hiding in an office and led her outside.

By then, another team of Coral Springs officers entered the building from the other side, so to avoid accidentally firing at each other, Monzon and his team moved to the second floor, where they found students and teachers hiding in classrooms. Still unsure if the gunman was in the building, they left survivors locked in classrooms and moved to the third floor, where Monzon said he "encountered several deceased students throughout the hall." He was then sent to help clear a nearby building.

On Friday, the Broward Sheriff's Office released its own reports from deputies, including one who sped four miles from another school and joined Coral Springs officers searching the freshman building. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also is preparing a report on the overall law enforcement response.

Police say Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former Stoneman Douglas student, committed the mass shooting and then fled the building after his gun jammed. They say he joined students as they ran to the street and he was captured an hour later about a mile away. His attorneys have said he would plead guilty to 17 counts of murder in exchange for life without parole. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

Categories: Ohio News

18-year-old arrested for impersonating a firefighter in Marysville

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:41

MARYSVILLE -- An 18-year-old man was arrested for allegedly impersonating a firefighter in Marysville over the weekend.

According to a release, on April 14, the Union County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from the Marysville Fire Department concerning an individual showing up at several EMS calls and was not a member of their department.

The suspect has been identified as Tony L. Beverly, 18, of West Mansfield.

At approximately 7:07 p.m. on Saturday, the Marysville Fire Department responded to an EMS call at the New Dover Mobile Home Park in the 11000 block of U.S. 36.

A person was found inside the home with the patient and identified himself as a volunteer firefighter. He was reported to be wearing firefighter bunker pants and had a fire department radio pager with him. During the course of the investigation, it was determined the suspect allegedly lied to Marysville Fire Department personnel about his name and fire department affiliation.

The suspect claimed he was a volunteer firefighter with the Bokes Creek Fire Department in Logan County, but was found to have been terminated from that department in 2016, the release said.

The suspect was located at about noon April 15, walking on U.S. 36 near Whitestone Road.

Beverly was arrested for an outstanding warrant from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office for breaking and entering. He was turned over to a Logan County Sheriff's deputy.

During the investigation, Beverly was in possession of firefighter turnout gear, allegedly stolen during a Logan County break-in. The Union County Sheriff’s Office has charged Beverly with Impersonating a Fire Fighter, a misdemeanor of the first degree; and Misconduct at an Emergency, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

Categories: Ohio News

Coroner identifies man killed in Pickerington house fire

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:07

PICKERINGTON -- The Fairfield County Coroner identified the man killed in a house fire in Pickerington on April 8.

The man was identified as 60-year-old John Peter Letourneau.

The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office and State Fire Marshal are seeking tips from the public after Letourneau died in the Fairfield County house fire.

A passerby reported the fire just before 5 a.m. in the 6200 block of Blacklick Eastern Road.

The Fire Chief with Violet Township said one man out of the three people that lived in the house didn't make it.

Investigators believe the suspect from a nearby burglary may have information relating to the fire. A warrant for 21-year-old Raeqwan Hancock has been issued regarding an April 6 burglary on Toll Gate Road in Violet Township.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal's tip line at 800-589-2728 or Fairfield County Sheriff's Office at 740-652-7911.

Categories: Ohio News

Local Syrian-American woman speaks out after US air strike on Syria

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:06

Local Syrian-Americans are reacting to Friday's air strike, saying it's not enough.

One woman says the U.S. needs to do more because, despite the strike, supporters of the Syrian President are still celebrating in the streets.

"We are going to keep our hopes very low until like, we see something happen," Sumaya Hamadmad said.

Sumaya Hamadmad says she feels like she's talking in circles, but she'll keep speaking out until something changes.

"Nobody is willing to stop him and all we do is just empty talk," Hamadmad said.

Hamadmad says she's become desensitized to the violence happening in Syria. She still has family there. So do her friends.

"Every single one of my friends has lost a friend or family, including me," she said.

Hamadmad says the Syrian-American community in central Ohio had hope after Friday's air strike on Syria.

For her, that hope has since faded.

"Now the supporters of Assad are celebrating in Syria, they're celebrating a triumph over the U.S.," Hamadmad said.

Hamadmad felt the same way last year when she spoke to 10TV after the U.S. took action against Syria in April.

"We always read stories of the Holocaust and we say how did we let this happen, what would we do if this was repeated and this has been repeated every day in Syria. Even gassing of children is repeated and we're doing nothing," she said.

Until the U.S. does more to intervene and the killings in Syria, Hamadmad says she'll just keep talking even if it is in circles.

"What are we doing as an international community if we're letting this to happen for so long. You have to keep the fact and providing evidence and hoping that someday something happens," Hamadmad said.

Categories: Ohio News

Convicted ex-high school athlete wants off sex offender list

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:49

A judge will decide whether a man convicted as a juvenile of raping a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party should be removed from Ohio's sex offender listings, as allowed by law.

Judge Thomas Lipps scheduled a hearing Thursday in juvenile court in Steubenville in the case of former high school football player Ma'Lik Richmond.

Richmond, now 21, was convicted in 2013 of raping the West Virginia girl at a party that followed a football scrimmage the previous year. He served a one-year sentence and later rejoined the Steubenville football team. He went on to play at Youngstown State University.

After his conviction, Richmond was ordered to register his address every six months for the next 20 years. In 2014, Lipps agreed to reclassify him so that he has to register only once a year for the next decade.

Ohio law allows juveniles to request removal altogether. Richmond's public defender declined to comment ahead of the hearing. The state opposes the request.

A second juvenile convicted in the crime served a two-year sentence. His attorneys plan a similar request in the future.

The 2012 case drew international attention because of the role of social media publicizing the assault, and initial allegations of a cover-up by local authorities and frustration that more football players weren't charged, including some who witnessed the assaults.

Richmond was released from prison in January 2014 and attended colleges in West Virginia and Pennsylvania before transferring to Youngstown State in the fall of 2016 as a sophomore.

Last year, Youngstown State sidelined Richmond after getting backlash about him playing football. After Richmond sued, a settlement with the university allowed him to stay on the active roster. Richmond is currently a student and a football player, Youngstown State spokesman Ron Cole said Monday.

As that controversy played out, Richmond's father, Nathaniel Richmond, was killed in August 2017 in an unrelated confrontation when he shot a judge in a courthouse parking lot and a probation officer returned fire. The judge had been overseeing a wrongful death lawsuit the father filed against a housing authority.

Categories: Ohio News

OSHP: Crash shuts down I-71 NB, north of Polaris

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:58

DELAWARE COUNTY -- A multiple-vehicle crash has shut down I-71 northbound north of Polaris, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash involves four vehicles according to dispatchers and it at about mile marker 126.

In total, six injuried were reported and all six people were taken to area hospitals.

All the lanes reopened at 3 p.m.

The call came in at 1:20 p.m.

Stay with 10TV and as this story develops.

Categories: Ohio News

Desi Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st US woman since '85

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:31

BOSTON — Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to win the Boston Marathon on Monday, the first victory for an American woman since 1985.

The two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill to win in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers — one of seven Americans in the top 10 — but the slowest time for a women's winner in Boston since 1978.

"It's supposed to be hard," said Linden, who wiped the spray of rain from her eyes as she made her way down Boylston Street alone. "It's good to get it done."

Yuki Kawauchi passed defending champion Geoffrey Kirui as they passed through Kenmore Square with a mile to go to win the men's race in 2:15:58 and earn Japan's first Boston Marathon title since 1987. Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line 2:25 later, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other U.S. men.

"For me, it's the best conditions possible," Kawauchi said with a wide smile through an interpreter.

On the fifth anniversary of the finish line explosions that killed three and wounded hundreds more, Linden and Kawauchi led a field of 30,000 runners through a drenching rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and gusts of up to 32 mph on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton.

In Copley Square, Crowds only partly thinned and muffled by the weather greeted Linden with chants of "U-S-A!"

Lisa Larsen Weidenbach's 1985 victory was the last for an American woman — before the race began offering prize money that lured the top international competitors to the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. Linden, a California native who lives in Michigan, nearly ended the drought in 2011 when she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds during yet another Kenyan sweep.

But the East Africans who have dominated the professional era of the race had their worst performance in decades. Kirui was the only Kenyan in the top ten for the men's race; defending champion Edna Kiplagat, who was ninth, helped prevent a shutout in the distaff division.

Hometown favorite Shalane Flanagan, a four-time Olympian and the reigning New York City Marathon champion, finished sixth after popping into a course-side portable toilet before the halfway point and falling behind the lead pack.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland earned his fifth wheelchair victory, pushing though puddles that sent the spray from their wheels into his eyes. American Tatyana McFadden, won the women's wheelchair race for the fifth time, wore two jackets, with a layer of plastic between them and hand warmers against her chest.

"It was just tough, it was so freezing," Hug said through chattering teeth as a volunteer draped a second towel around his shoulders. "I'm just very glad that I made it."

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Trump hosted tax reform roundtable in Florida

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:06

WASHINGTON — President Trump hosted a roundtable with small business leaders in Hialeah, Florida on Monday to promote the $1.5 trillion tax cut package pushed through by Republicans at the end of last year.

President Trump hosted tax reform roundtable in Florida:

The White House said Trump held a roundtable Monday with local business owners in the Miami area, joined by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and Small Business Administration head Linda McMahon.

Facing headwinds this fall, Republicans are placing their midterm election hopes on selling the benefits of the law to Americans.

Trump has sometimes chafed at scripted events, deviating from the planned message to discuss whatever is on his mind.

Trump plans to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Florida club this week.

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Granddaughter: Barbara Bush is 'a fighter,' in good spirits

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:41

HOUSTON — Former first lady Barbara Bush, who was reported in "failing health" over the weekend, is in "great spirits" and the family is grateful for "everybody's prayers and thoughts," her granddaughter said Monday.

Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release Sunday that "Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care" at home in Houston following consultations with her doctors and family.

McGrath did not elaborate on the nature of Bush's health problems but on Monday said she's suffered in recent years from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She also has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition, had heart surgery in 2009 for a severe narrowing of her main heart valve and was hospitalized a year before that for surgery on a perforated ulcer.

Jenna Bush Hager, an anchor on NBC's "Today" show, told the program Monday morning that Bush is resting comfortably with family.

"She's a fighter. She's an enforcer," Hager said, using the family's nickname for her grandmother. "We're grateful for her, for everybody's prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she is in it."

"We are grateful for her. She's the best grandma anybody could have ever had ... or have," she said.

Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

Bush married George H.W. Bush on Jan. 6, 1945. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history.

Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Mrs. Bush stood with her husband as their son George W. was sworn in as the 43rd president.

Hager said the former president "still says, 'I love you Barbie' every night," describing their grandparents' close relationship as "remarkable."

McGrath said Bush was concerned more for her family than herself.

"It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others," he said.

President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement Sunday evening that "the President's and first lady's prayers are with all of the Bush family during this time."

Bush is known for her white hair and her triple-strand fake pearl necklace.

Her brown hair began to gray in the 1950s, while her 3-year-old daughter Pauline, known to her family as Robin, underwent treatment for leukemia and eventually died in October 1953. She later said dyed hair didn't look good on her and credited the color to the public's perception of her as "everybody's grandmother."

Her pearls sparked a national fashion trend when she wore them to her husband's inauguration in 1989. The pearls became synonymous with Bush, who later said she selected them to hide the wrinkles in her neck. The candid admission only bolstered her common sense and down-to-earth public image.

Her 93-year-old husband, the nation's 41st president who served from 1989 to 1993, also has had health issues in recent years. In April 2017, he was hospitalized in Houston for two weeks for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. He was hospitalized months earlier, also for pneumonia. He has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.

Before being president, he served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

Barbara Pierce Bush was born June 8, 1925, in Rye, New York. Her father was the publisher of McCall's and Redbook magazines. She and George H.W. Bush married when she was 19 and while he was a young naval aviator. After World War II, the Bushes moved to Texas where he went into the oil business.

Along with her memoirs, she's the author of "C. Fred's Story" and "Millie's Book," based on the lives of her dogs. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years with the goal of improving the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children. The foundation partners with local programs and had awarded more than $40 million as of 2014 to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide.

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