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12-year-old arrested after reported carjacking in northeast Columbus

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:51

A 12-year-old boy has been arrested after reportedly carjacking a woman at gunpoint in northeast Columbus.

According to Columbus police, the incident happened just after midnight on Wednesday.

A woman was sitting in her vehicle in the 800 block of East 5th Avenue when the 12-year-old boy came up to her car and told her to get out while pointing a gun at her.

The woman got out of the vehicle and the boy got in.

Police were able to quickly locate the vehicle and the boy fled from officers before crashing.

The boy then tried to flee on foot but was arrested.

The victim told police this wasn’t the first car the boy stole from her.

The boy has been charged with aggravated robbery, failure to control, reckless operations, driving without a valid operator’s license and hit-skip.

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State investigators say video shows Ohio man "bearbaiting"

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:56

A southern Ohio man, who holds a permit to own a bear is now facing criminal charges. The case involves what's called "bearbaiting."

Drone surveillance video was obtained by 10TV through a public information request. The Franklin County Sheriff's Department shot the video in November of last year.

The video shows a wire-enclosed fence and several hunting dogs being sent into the cage. According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which assisted in the investigation, the bear was not injured.

According to the investigators, the bear's owner, Clinton Bailey of Meigs County, would charge owners of hunting dogs to confront the bear.

Bailey faces two counts of Animal Fighting, among other charges. He has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Under Ohio law, wild animal permit holders are not allowed to have other animals have contact with the dangerous wild animal. And no one is allowed to have contact with the animal by law except for the permit holder.

The bear was seized by the state until the case is resolved.

According to the Meigs Independent Press, while Bailey was alleged to have had dogs in the cage fighting the bear, he was not the only one charged in the case.

Several other individuals were there for the alleged event.

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TV personality known for playing Bozo the Clown dies at 89

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 09:03

BOSTON (AP) — Longtime Boston television personality and entertainer Frank Avruch, who was the star of the popular children's TV program "Bozo the Clown," has died. He was 89.

Avruch died Tuesday at his Boston home from heart disease, his family said in a statement to WCVB-TV .

Avruch played Bozo the Clown from 1959 to 1970, a clown character particularly popular in the U.S. in the 1960s because of widespread franchising in television. Avruch became the first nationally-syndicated Bozo the Clown.

"He had a heart of gold," manager Stuart Hersh told The Associated Press on Wednesday, "He brought the Bozo the Clown character to life better than anyone else's portrayal of Bozo the Clown."

Avruch also was a contributor to WCVB-TV for more than 40 years as a host of "Man About Town" and "The Great Entertainment."

He was an active philanthropist and a board member of UNICEF'S New England chapter. He toured the world performing as Bozo the clown for UNICEF.

"He touched so many people with his portrayal," Hersh said.

Avruch is survived by his wife Betty, two sons Matthew and Steven and several grandchildren.

"While it's hard to say goodbye, we celebrate the legacy of joy and laughter he brought to millions of children around the world as Bozo the Clown on TV and as a UNICEF Ambassador and later as host of Channel 5's Great Entertainment and Boston's Man About Town," Avruch's family said in a statement to the station. "Our dad loved the children of all ages who remembered being on his show and was always grateful for their kind words. We will miss him greatly."

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Auditor's preliminary finding: CCS violated law in superintendent search

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 09:02

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Board of Education violated a law when it conducted its search for a new superintendent, according to the preliminary findings of Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.

"I write today to inform you that, while our investigation is still ongoing, our preliminary investigative work has confirmed that the Board of Education acted in violation of ORC 121.22, the Open Meetings Law, and any decisions made are void ab initio as a matter of law," according to a letter sent by Yost to the board's president dated March 19.

Yost wrote that board members could face "noncompliance citations" and could be personally responsible for financial losses.

The search for a new superintendent officially began in September.

The district voted to pay a recruiting firm $50,000 to conduct a national search. In December, the district announced 19 candidates had applied.

On February 12, the school board voted to approve three finalists for the job, and on February 21, narrowed it to two candidates.

One of those candidates dropped out, leaving only Interim CCS Superintendent John Stanford.

But it's what happened in between those votes that has caught Yost's attention.

"Public business, public decisions have to be made in public, not in some back room," Yost said.

CCS board members declined to address these concerns on camera.

But in a statement to 10TV, the district said it has been "very public and open about the search."

10TV has reached out to the district for an updated comment on the new letter. We have yet to hear back.

Stay with 10TV and for the latest on this developing story.

Categories: Ohio News

U.S. Census: Columbus metro bigger than that of Cleveland, gaining on Cincinnati

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 08:27

COLUMBUS -- New census estimates released Thursday show the Columbus metro area now has more people than the Cleveland metro area.

The Columbus metro area, which includes 10 counties within commuting distance of the city, has surpassed that of Cleveland by about 20,000 people. The 2017 estimates show the Columbus metro area with 2,078,725 people. That's compared to the Cleveland metro area with 2,058,844 people.

Still, Cincinnati’s metro area still has about 100,000 more people with an estimated 2,179,082 people.

Economist Bill LaFayette, the founder of Columbus-based Regionomics, told 10TV's partners at the Columbus Dispatch given current trends, the Columbus metro area would catch Cincinnati’s metro area by 2024.

The Dispatch says the Census Bureau makes its domestic migration estimates based on building permits for housing, so a recent boom in apartment complexes that cater to young workers could account for that jump.

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Man killed in Hocking County crash Thursday morning

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 08:27

ATHENS, Ohio - A man was killed Thursday in a single-vehicle crash in Hocking County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred on CR-17 around 4:30 a.m.

Authorities identified the victim as Jason V. Cassells, 47, of Nelsonville, Ohio.

OHSP says Cassells was traveling south when he failed to negotiate a curve and crossed the center line. He then corrected and drove off the right side of the roadway.

The car struck an embankment and overturned before striking a tree. OHSP says Cassells was partially ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hocking County Coroner.

The crash is still under investigation.

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Power outage reported throughout downtown Columbus

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 07:46

COLUMBUS - Columbus police say a power throughout portions of downtown Columbus was caused by four substations that went down Thursday morning.

Columbus State Community College, Franklin University, Columbus Division of Police Headquarters and The Riffe Center were among locations impacted by the outage. All have since reported that their power has been restored.

Thank you everyone for your patience during the power outage. A LARGE portion of downtown including the courthouse and the Short North were all without electricity for about one hour.

— Columbus State (@cscc_edu) March 22, 2018

The Franklin County Clerk of Courts said all downtown offices will remain closed for the day but the four auto title offices will remain open.

ALERT: All Franklin County Clerk of Courts downtown offices will be closed for the rest of the day due to a power outage. Our four auto title offices will remain open.

— Maryellen O'Shaughnessy (@FCClerkofCourts) March 22, 2018

It is unclear how many people were without power in the downtown area. The City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities says they expected power to be restored by 10:30 a.m.

Power is now on at 910 Dublin Road so our Call Center phone lines are now open. If you are still without power, if an AEP customer please call them for a restoration timeline or if a city power customer experiencing any power issues please call 614-645-8276 or 614-645-7627.

— ColsPublicUtilities (@CDPU) March 22, 2018

Stay with 10TV and on this developing story.

Categories: Ohio News

I-71 North closed due to a crash in north Columbus

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 05:59

COLUMBUS - A two-vehicle crash has closed I-71 north between E. North Broadway and Cooke Road, according to Columbus Police.

Police said the collision happened around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

One person was taken to Riverside in critical condition.

The roadway is expected to remain closed until the police get an update on the condition of the person injured.

Stay with 10TV and on this developing story.

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Trump: 'Crazy' Biden would go down crying if he assaulted me

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 05:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is lashing out at Joe Biden for wanting to "beat the hell out of him," saying the former vice president "would go down fast and hard, crying all the way."

The Republican president tweeted Thursday: "Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn't know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don't threaten people Joe!"

Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018

Biden spoke at an anti-sexual assault rally in Florida on Tuesday and cited lewd comments Trump made in a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape about grabbing women.

The Democrat said, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him."

Categories: Ohio News

YouTube tightens restrictions on firearm videos

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 05:19

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — YouTube has tightened its restrictions on firearms videos.

The video-serving network owned by Google is banning videos that provide instructions on how to make a firearm, ammunition, high-capacity magazines, and accessories such as bump stocks and silencers.

The ban includes showing viewers how to install the accessories or modifications. YouTube also prohibits content about the sale of guns or firearm accessories.

The policy comes weeks after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead.

The National Sports Shooting Foundation says such restrictions "impinge on the Second Amendment." The group worries about the potential for blocking "educational content" that instructs and improves skills.

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Ashland University women's basketball team advances to the Division II finals

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:52

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The number one seed Ashland University (AU) women's basketball team advanced to the Division II finals last night after they beat Indiana University-Pennsylvania (IUP).

AU beat IUP 92-68 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

They are going into the National Championships with a 36-0 record.

AU won titles in 2013 and 2017.

They play again Friday night at 8 p.m. against Central Missouri (a number ten seed) on CBS Sports Network.

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