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US House candidate who beat Sanford seriously hurt in wreck

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 11:11

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina lawmaker who defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid was seriously injured in a vehicle crash on Friday and will require weeks of recovery and more procedures, a spokesman said.

State Rep. Katie Arrington underwent surgery for her injuries and was recovering Saturday at a Charleston-area hospital, said Arrington spokesman Michael Mule.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Arrington and a friend were traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 17 around 9 p.m. Friday when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction hit their vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene, according to Sheriff's Capt. Roger Antonio. The driver of Arrington's vehicle, a friend identified as Jacqueline Goff of Mandeville, Louisiana, also sustained serious injuries.

Mule said the Summerville Republican sustained a back fracture, as well as several broken ribs, and underwent surgery to remove portions of her small intestine and colon.

Mule said Arrington would need more surgeries, as well as a stent to repair the partial collapse of the primary artery in her legs, and would need to stay in the hospital for two weeks. He told news outlets that Arrington was alert and talking Saturday morning.

"Katie asks for your continued prayers for the deceased and the deceased's family, as well as prayers for a quick recovery for Katie and her friend," Mule said in a statement.

Arrington, 47, defeated Sanford in a GOP primary earlier this month, repeatedly highlighting Sanford's criticism of President Donald Trump. The president himself weighed in hours before polls closed on Election Day to endorse Arrington and denounce Sanford as "nothing but trouble."

In a tweet Saturday, Trump said his "thoughts and prayers are with Representative Katie Arrington of South Carolina, including all of those involved in last nights car accident, and their families."

Sanford, a former South Carolina governor, had never lost an election before the June 12 congressional primary, even after a high-profile extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.

Sanford posted a link to a story about the wreck on Twitter, adding in a post: "Our thoughts and prayers this morning go to Katie Arrington, her family and those involved in last night's automobile accident."

In a message posted to Twitter on Saturday, Democratic nominee Joe Cunningham said that he was suspending his campaign until further notice.

Categories: Ohio News

Amber Alert canceled, children safe; suspect and vehicle have not been located

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 09:21

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY - An amber alert has been canceled by the Champaign County Sheriff's Office and both children have been located safely; suspect and vehicle have not been located.

On June 23, 2018, around 7 a.m. grandparents of Justin Wallace woke up to find both Aaron Rollins and Justin Wallace missing on Maplewood Circle in the city of Urbana.

Justin Wallace is described as a male, age 7, 4'5" tall, weighs 72 and has black hair. No clothing description was given.

Aaron Rollins is described as a white male, age 9, is 4'5" tall, weighs 72, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white T-shirt and camo high top tennis shoes.

The suspect is Jamie Rollins described as a white female, age 39, 5'3" tall, 223 pounds, and has red hair and blue eyes. She is the non-custodial mother to Aaron Rollins. No clothing description was given.

The vehicle involved is a taupe 2015 Kia Optima Ohio plate number 347YSL.

Call or dial 911 if you see the child, the suspect or the vehicle. You can also call 1-877-AMBER-OH (1-877-262-3764) or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

Categories: Ohio News

Hocking County Sheriff's Office have located missing 13-year-old girl

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 08:55

UPDATE: The juvenile has been located, according to the Hocking County Sheriff's Office.

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HOCKING COUNTY - The Hocking County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 13-year-old girl who went missing from Logan, Ohio.

Kimora Zinn was last seen at her Logan home around 10 p.m. Friday.

Authorities say Zinn is described as 5'7" tall, weighs about 155 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call the Hocking County Sheriff's Office at 740-385-2131.

Categories: Ohio News

Man convicted of rape cleared by DNA, released from prison

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 08:32

CLEVELAND — A man sent to prison over 15 years ago has been released after a judge found DNA evidence cleared him of raping a woman.

Forty-one-year-old Christopher Miller was released Thursday in Cleveland. He was sentenced to 40 years in 2002 on charges including rape in an attack on a Cleveland Heights woman.

The Ohio Innocence Project pushed for updated testing that found DNA from two men convicted of a similar crime but none from Miller.

Miller said Thursday he had done everything he could to prove his innocence.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office says investigators can't say Miller wasn't somehow involved, and charges such as robbery or burglary could be refiled after further investigation. They say he had the woman's cellphone.

Miller said he traded drugs for the phone.

Categories: Ohio News

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | June 23, 2018

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 07:14

Welcome back, everyone! For you first-time readers, happy to have you here!

This blog is dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have an outdoor yard, many of you probably walk your dog(s) on a daily basis and multiple times a day.

The purpose and goal of this blog is to help those dog walkers and their furry, little friends make the most out of their walks outside while being safe at the same time.

So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale."

You will notice on the images below there are certain colors that go with each time period/day of the week for the "Furr-cast." I developed this scale on my own, using several meteorological variables and some pet-friendly considerations.

You will see that the color "green" on the image above suggests that conditions are ideal for walking your pet and that there are no risks to both you and your pet, so walk all you want!

This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows conditions are fair outside but you should still keep an eye on your pet. This is where the breed of your pet also comes into play. I'm not an expert on dogs but I know a Siberian Husky can withstand colder temperatures than a Chihuahua.

This now is up to the owner to decide if the conditions are fair enough that they could take more casual, longer walks outside.

Lastly, we have the last ranking on the scale, which shows outside conditions are poor and pet owners should keep their walks short. Dangerous weather is developing or already present and pet owners should take action to make sure that their pets are properly taken care of. This shouldn't be used to decide whether or not you should go outside; but more so an indicator that you should take shorter, more frequent walks.

Now that we have a look at the method behind the comfort scale, let's take a look at this weekends "Furr-cast."

We have made it to the weekend and that means the rain will finally end, right? Well, due to the unfortunate events of this meandering system, we'll see chances for rain again today but it'll be fairly light and scattered. There's a chance for a few storms in the afternoon, but the severe threat for the day is non-existent. Rain will diminish later this evening, so take advantage of your longer walks then!

Sunday will be a touch warmer with highs in the low-mid 80's but we'll see less rain, which is a plus. Rain will be spotty and mainly in southern Ohio later in the day. A few wet paws will be possible in the morning but mainly because of the saturated grounds.

The start of the week will be dry, but unfortunately, we don't have any big dry stretches of weather in the forecast. Rain and storms return late Tuesday into the mid-week with unsettled weather lingering into the late week. On top of that, temperatures will begin to climb back into the 90's after the mid-week, so we will need to shift our attention back to the dangers of warm weather.

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

Another pet safety tip is to avoid paved or concrete roads or sidewalks when temperatures are warming up, especially later in the day when the sun has already been up for several hours under mostly sunny skies. These types of surfaces can heat up extremely fast and while the air temperature isn't too hot, the grounds can be much, much warmer. In cases such as this, it's important to keep their paws on grassy, cooler surfaces. An easy test to tell if the grounds are too hot for your pets is to simply place the back of your hand on the ground for 7 seconds. If it is too hot for you, then it's likely it will be too hot for your pet's paws and that it could easily damage their skin!

The "Barking Message" for next week:
  • Afternoon highs in the 90's late next week, so make sure you keep your dogs hydrated!
  • Keep your walks short when temperatures are above 80 degrees. Plain and simple!
  • Never leave your pets unattended in your car, even for just a few minutes with the windows cracked!
  • Avoid blacktop or concrete surfaces when we have a lot of sun and warm days! You can easily damage their paws, so stick to the grassy surfaces!

Each Friday, I will be posting a new "Furr-cast" for the weekend and week ahead and I would like to feature some of your pets on my blog! Also, if you have any suggestions or comments on my blog, I'd love to hear input. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents!

Categories: Ohio News

Woman who shot boyfriend in videotaped stunt tried to resist

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 06:47

ADA, Minn. — A transcript released Friday shows a woman tried to resist as her boyfriend urged her to shoot him for a videotaped stunt in Minnesota that ended in his death.

The Norman County prosecutor also released portions of the video Pedro Ruiz III took with his girlfriend, Monalisa Perez, at their home in Halstad last year.

Ruiz, 22, shows off the .50-caliber Desert Eagle handgun and the bullet he wanted Perez to fire at him as he held a hardcover encyclopedia against his chest. The couple planned to post the video on YouTube.

In the video, Ruiz calls himself "the crazy Pedro" and said he wanted to see if a .50-caliber bullet can go through a book.

"The most trustworthy person that I trust in this world is my girlfriend, Monalisa," Ruiz said in the video "So if I die, I'm pretty much ready to go to heaven right now."

According to the transcript, Perez pleads with her boyfriend "I can't do it, babe. I'm so scared." Ruiz tells her, "As long as you hit the book, you'll be fine. Come on."

"Babe, I'm not doing this, I can't," Perez said.

"Come on," Ruiz replied.

"Babe, if I kill you what's gonna happen to my life. Like no this isn't OK," she said. "I don't want to be responsible."

The bullet went through the book, killing Ruiz. Video of the shooting and aftermath were not released by Norman County Attorney James Brue, who called those portions "clearly offensive to common sensibilities."

Perez, 20, of Redfield, South Dakota, was sentenced earlier this year to 180 days in jail for second-degree manslaughter. Her sentence will be served in 30-day installments each year for six years.

Categories: Ohio News

Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 05:57

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people.

The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in New York City and Spokane, Washington, by four different Planned Parenthood affiliates covering New York City and the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska and Washington.

Planned Parenthood says the lawsuits are intended to protect the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program from what they termed ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculums.

"Young people have the right to the information and skills they need to protect their health," Dawn Laguens said in a press release, vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "The Trump-Pence administration is trying to impose their abstinence-only agenda on young people across the country."

Evidence shows such programs do not work, Laguens said.

An email sent to the Health and Human Services public relations office was not immediately answered on Friday.

In previous court documents, the agency has said it has the right to change its funding priorities.

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program has served about 1.2 million teens in 39 states since it started in 2010. The Trump administration in April announced it would remake the program to push abstinence-only counseling.

Last year, the agency informed recipients of 81 teen pregnancy prevention grants that it would terminate their grant agreements two years early, meaning this year. That decision was made after President Trump appointed Valerie Huber as chief of staff for the Office of Assistant Secretary of Health.

After her appointment, Huber wrote an article decrying the lack of federal funding for abstinence education and questioned the effectiveness of teen pregnancy prevention grants.

In April, a federal judge in Spokane blocked the Trump administration from cutting the grants. Judges in Seattle, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., have made similar rulings.

Supporters of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program credit it with helping to lower the teen pregnancy rate 41 percent since 2010. But the agency has issued past statements calling the program ineffective.

Congress created the $110 million program in 2010 to support and develop evidence-based ways to reduce teen pregnancy. In 2015, HHS awarded the 81 grants that were to last five years.

The lawsuits were filed by Planned Parenthood of New York City; Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands; Planned Parenthood of the Heartland; and Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho.

They contend that abstinence-only programs can contain false and misleading information and stigmatize teens who have sex.

"Most people have had sex by the time they're 18," Planned Parenthood said in a press release.

In addition to the agency, the lawsuits name as defendants HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Huber.

Categories: Ohio News

Board again rejects mercy for Ohio killer despite juror's concern

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 05:47

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Parole Board on Friday again rejected a request for mercy from a condemned killer who fatally stabbed a man two decades ago, despite an ex-juror's revelation that he now regrets his vote in favor of a death sentence.

The board ruled 8-1 against sparing death row inmate Raymond Tibbetts, set to die in October for killing Fred Hicks at Hicks' Cincinnati home in 1997.

The board's ruling said clemency is not warranted.

"The vicious and gratuitous murder of Fred Hicks immediately following the brutal slaying of Judith Sue Crawford was so heinous that the mitigation presented does not outweigh the aggravating factors in this case," the board said.

Republican Gov. John Kasich has the final say. A message was left with his spokesman.

Tibbetts' attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Erin Barnhart, said in a statement Friday that Tibbetts faces execution because the jury "did not receive complete and accurate information about his background during sentencing proceedings." The governor has the power to "prevent an unjust death sentence from being carried out in the public's name," Barnhart added.

The guilt of Tibbetts, 61, has never been in doubt. In addition to the death sentence Tibbetts received for Hicks' killing, the inmate also received life imprisonment for fatally beating and stabbing his wife, 42-year-old Judith Crawford, during an argument over Tibbetts' crack cocaine habit.

The 67-year-old Hicks had hired Crawford as a caretaker and allowed the couple to stay with him. The impact of Tibbetts' traumatic and chaotic childhood on his later behavior was on trial before the Ohio Parole Board during a January 2017 hearing. The board recommended against clemency by an 11-1 vote.

Tibbetts is not deserving of clemency in part because Hicks' killing was "particularly senseless and gratuitous," the board said at that time. The board also said that the psychological link that Tibbetts' attorneys allege exists between his traumatic childhood and the murders is "belied by the fact that Tibbetts was largely able to refrain from violence for many years preceding the murders."

After that decision, a man who served on Tibbetts' jury saw information about the inmate's childhood and realized it was far worse than jurors were told at trial.

Last week, ex-juror Ross Geiger said Tibbetts' upbringing was presented as a debate between his attorneys, who said his background was terrible, and prosecutors, who said it wasn't that bad.

Thus, Geiger said he was surprised when he came across information presented to the board last year that documented horrific facts about Tibbetts' early years, which jurors never heard.

"It was like just a different story," Geiger told the board June 14 in a rare follow-up clemency hearing.

When Tibbetts was a boy, he and his brothers were tied to a single bed at night, were not fed properly, were thrown down stairs, had their fingers beaten with spatulas and were burned on heating registers, according to Tibbetts' application for mercy last year.

The only hints of Tibbetts' childhood at trial came from the lone witness who was called to talk about factors that might go against a death sentence, Geiger said. The witness was a psychiatrist who spoke briefly to members of Tibbetts' family.

"I was just struck and frankly upset that information that was available was not even addressed, other than in very summary fashion," Geiger said.

The board said in its ruling Friday that while it believes Geiger came forward with the best of intentions, "members are not convinced that his decision would have been different had the information been presented in the same manner at trial."

A message seeking comment on the board's ruling was left Friday for Geiger and for the Hamilton County prosecutor.

County prosecutors have previously argued that Tibbetts' background does not outweigh his crimes. That includes stabbing Crawford after he had already beaten her to death, and then repeatedly stabbing Hicks, a "sick, defenseless, hearing-impaired man in whose home Tibbetts lived," they told the parole board.

Categories: Ohio News

Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs, sparks backlash

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 05:44

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines says it's no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals, a policy that's being met with criticism by groups that train service dogs and the people who use them.

The Atlanta-based airline describes its ban as an "enhancement" to its policy on animals in passenger areas. Delta will also limit travelers to a single emotional support animal per flight. The changes, announced this week, take effect July 10.

"It's a bit nuts because Delta is actually my preferred airline to fly with my service dog," said Fiona Gilbert of the San Francisco area, who said she flew about 300,000 miles with Delta in the past year with her pit bull-type dog, Koda.

Gilbert has a degenerative neurological condition, and Koda can sense when she might have a seizure and then get help if needed, she said.

"He's basically my alert system," she said. "He's my emergency response system. I trust him more than I trust myself when it comes to not feeling well. He's been trained to get help if I need him to. Koda and I are a team - we're inseparable."

Now, Gilbert has 20 trips planned with Delta later this year and is scrambling to figure out what to do.

Delta said its ban on pit bull-type dogs responds to "growing safety concerns" after several employees were bitten, the airline said in a statement.

"We must err on the side of safety," Delta said in a statement Friday. "Most recently, two Delta employees were bit by a pit bull traveling as a support animal last week. We struggled with the decision to expand the ban to service animals, knowing that some customers have legitimate needs, but we have determined that untrained, pit bull-type dogs posing as both service and support animals are a potential safety risk."

The bite happened during the boarding process for Delta flight 295 from Atlanta to Narita, Japan, the airline said.

But the ban is prompting a social media backlash and is being criticized by several animal groups.

Delta "should resist unwarranted breed prejudice and rescind its breed ban," Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said in a statement Thursday.

Figuring out exactly which dogs fall under the policy could be a challenge.

"Pit bull is an arbitrary label - there's no standard definition of what makes a dog a pit bull," said Regina Lizik, the communications and fundraising manager at Animal Farm Foundation in Bangall, New York, which provides service dogs to people with various disabilities. Gilbert's pit bull was trained there.

"It's all about that individual dog and their ability to do this work," Lizik said. "All dogs are individuals."

Delta's statement says "pit bull type" dogs will be banned, but lists "Bull type dogs" on its online list of prohibited animals, which includes reptiles, spiders, and goats, among others.

Gilbert said she understands Delta's desire to keep its employees safe. She said she supported the airline in March when it announced new policies for service animals. Delta and United officials said at the time that they'd seen a sharp rise in the number of support animals and that some passengers were bringing all types of animals on board.

"The irony is that I switched airlines to Delta when I got a service dog because they have the nicest flight attendants, and they are a wonderful company to fly with," Gilbert said.

Gilbert said she hasn't received complaints about Koda curled up by her feet on Delta flights in the past. Service dogs such as Koda are "much more polite and less disruptive than some passengers I've been on planes with," she said.

"Most people don't even know there's a 75-pound dog sitting there until we get up to leave," she added.

Categories: Ohio News

Woman who took dead butterfly from exhibit gets probation

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 05:12

CINCINNATI — A woman who took a dead butterfly from an Ohio botanical garden has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that 36-year-old Jaime Revis was sentenced to six months' probation after entering the plea Thursday. She was arrested in April for taking a blue morpho butterfly from the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati.

Revis' lawyer said she had previously been told by a conservatory employee that she could take dead butterflies that would otherwise be thrown away. The attorney called the incident a misunderstanding.

The Springfield Township woman said she uses the butterflies in her photography.

In addition to probation, Revis agreed to a lifetime ban from the conservatory and to take a critical thinking class.

Categories: Ohio News

Repeat flooding causes concern for people living in Westerville neighborhood

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 05:06

WESTERVILLE - The rain that came down overnight Thursday into Friday caused major flooding for one neighborhood in Westerville.

Megan Healy says she knows when heavy rain will wreak havoc for her neighborhood. The Westerville native has lived on Stoneshead Court most of her life.

"We’ve been through probably a dozen floods,” Healy said. “Even just in the last four years since I took over the house, we’ve flooded every year.”

Many neighbors living in the cul-de-sac attempted to beat the flooding, moving their cars to higher ground and lining their garages with plastic and sandbags.

“In the past and even this time it could come up several inches in previous years it’s come up not in term of inches but in terms of feet,” neighbor John Hermiller said.

Neighbors say the drainage pipes can’t accommodate the development that has taken place around their street over the last decade. Healy says homes, cars, and memories have become collateral to high water.

“We got five feet of water in the house and things that I can’t replace, things from loved ones who are no longer here, things from my childhood. You’re just throwing it all away because you can’t fix it,” Healy said.

Categories: Ohio News

Police looking for driver who left pedestrian in Athens with critical injuries

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 04:36

ATHENS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Athens Police Departments are searching for a driver who hit a pedestrian and left the scene.

According to OSHP, 47-year-old Tad Albano was attempting to cross W. Carpenter Street near N. Lancaster Street in Athens when a pickup truck hit him. Witnesses at the scene told police that the truck was an early 2000 model Chevrolet Silverado with a red cab and bed and a black tailgate. Witnesses also told investigators the truck looked rusted and beat up.

Albano was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus with life-threatening injuries.

The patrol is requesting anyone with information on the crash or the vehicle involved to contact them at (740) 593-6611 or the Athens Police Department at (740) 593-6606. The crash is still under investigation.

Categories: Ohio News

Students urged to be on alert after reported rape near OSU campus

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 03:34

COLUMBUS - Police are investigating a reported rape near the Ohio State University Campus. Investigators say the crime happened near 8th Avenue & Neil Avenue around 1:30 Saturday morning.

A tweet issued by OSU's emergency management says the suspect showed a weapon.

A rape has been reported near 8th & Neil around 1:30am. Police investigating. Suspect is a white male, mid-30's, slim build, wearing an NBA/Jordan shirt. A weapon was shown. Pls call @columbuspolice at 614-645-4545 or @OSUPolice at 614-292-2121 if you have any info.

— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) June 23, 2018

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-30's. He has a slim build and was wearing an NBA/Jordan shirt.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Columbus Police at 614-645-4545 or OSU Police at 614-292-2121.

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1 killed, 1 injured due to crash in north Columbus

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 03:31

COLUMBUS - Columbus Police is investigating a fatal crash in north Columbus.

Authorities told 10TV it happened just after 2:10 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Morse Road and Tamarack Boulevard.

One person was pronounced dead on the scene and another person was treated on the scene, according to police.

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

Categories: Ohio News

Teens arrested in fatal shooting of girl, 9, sitting inside car in Cleveland

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 15:34

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities in Cleveland say two 17-year-old boys and a 19-year-old man have been arrested in the death of a 9-year-old girl struck by an errant gunshot during an exchange of fire nearby.

Cleveland police said Friday an arrest warrant has also been issued for a 16-year-old in Wednesday's fatal shooting of Saniyah Nicholson. She was sitting in the back seat of a car with an adult sister when two teens in a car exchanged gunfire with two teens on foot. The 20-year-old sister wasn't injured.

Court records show that 19-year-old Devontae Nettles has been charged with murder in the girl's death. Police say Nettles and one of the 17-year-olds were in the car. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Police say the shootout doesn't appear to be gang-related.

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1 killed, 1 injured in Knox County buggy crash

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 15:34

KNOX COUNTY, Ohio – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a serious crash involving a buggy and a vehicle in Knox County.

OSHP said the crash happened around 3:40 p.m. Friday on Wooster Road near Yarman Road, which is northeast of Mount Vernon.

One person was killed and one person was injured according to OSHP.

The road is closed in the area of the crash.

Categories: Ohio News

Statewide outbreak of hepatitis A declared for Ohio

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 15:23

The Ohio Department of Health has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A in the state.

The department said there has been 79 cases of hepatitis A in Ohio so far in 2018.

This is nearly double the number of cases reported during all of 2017.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease. It is typically spread when a person ingests food or drinks that may have been contaminated with the stool of an infected person. Hepatitis A can also spread from close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex.

Doctors say the best way to prevent hepatitis A is through vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a child as young as 1-year-old receive the vaccine.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stool and jaundice. Patients with hepatitis A can experience a mild illness that lasts only a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

Some of Ohio's hepatitis A cases are linked to outbreaks in neighboring states.

Indiana has seen 138 cases, Kentucky has 761 cases, Michigan has 843 cases, and West Virginia has 248 cases.

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Concerns about scrappers raised days before house explosion

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 14:44

COLUMBUS, Ohio - 10 Investigates has been digging into the history of the property where a home exploded Friday morning in east Columbus, looking for clues as to what happened.

One week ago, buildings reduced to debris and rubble Friday were someone's home.

Those residents had been relocated as of last week to make way for remodeling.

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority says no one was supposed to be in these units.

"When we vacate the units we secure the front and back doors and then we look at, when it comes to the utilities, because we're doing renovation, we would still make those available for usage," said Cheryl Thomas with CMHA.

She says that means the gas would be left on.

But having those units vacant appears to have made them a target of scrappers.

"We were in correspondence with the fire department in regards to some issues of individuals trying to get into the units and compromising some of the utilities in the units," she said.

That was earlier this week.

On Friday, CMHA was not taking any chances.

It was working with Columbia Gas to turn off the gas to any other vacant units in this area, and had hired private, round the clock security.

"Our primary concern right now, and the only thing we're concerned about right now, is the security of the area and for the residents involved around it," Thomas said.

Columbia Gas said it completed their testing at the scene on Friday and the lines serving the affected units are safe.

The utility is confident its facilities and lines were not the source of this explosion.

They remind everyone -- if you smell natural gas, it is an emergency.

People should leave the area and call 911 and Columbia Gas immediately.

10TV also checked with Columbus Code Enforcement and Building and Zoning.

They say they have complaints or concerns about these buildings for at least the last three years.

Columbus Police say the only reports or complaints at the properties in question were in March and May.

One involved loud music, the other a suspicious person.

Categories: Ohio News

Police: Man kills lawyer, self, hours after divorce is final

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 14:41

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man killed his ex-wife's attorney in his law office just hours after the couple's divorce was final and then killed himself, authorities said.

Cartersville Police Lt. M.E. Bettikofer tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 33-year-old Walter Samuel Radford's divorce was finalized at 12:04 p.m. Wednesday and Radford fatally shot his ex-wife's attorney about two hours later. Police say 41-year-old lawyer Antonio Benjamin Mari's body was found in his Cartersville law office. He had been shot multiple times.

Bettikofer says Radford called ex-wife Cindy Radford to tell her he had shot Mari. He says Radford then broke into her home and shot himself. His body was found about 2:40 p.m.

Radford had failed to show up for the final divorce hearing.

While at the courthouse Wednesday morning, Mari told colleagues he had concerns about Radford, attorney Wade Everett said.

Though he didn't know specifics, Everett said Mari had a "gut feeling" that Radford could harm him. On Thursday, Everett said he and his colleagues discussed security at their office.

"There's only so much security you can really do," he said. "You can carry a gun. But unless you've got it in your hand and you're waiting on someone, it's not going to do you any good."

Mari's death shocked the Cartersville community, where he had worked nearly 18 years as a high school history teacher and later an attorney. After teaching for 10 years at Cass High School, Mari graduated from law school and passed the Georgia bar exam in 2009.

Though he represented clients in bankruptcy and domestic cases, Mari wasn't the typical tough-faced litigator, according to fellow Cartersville attorney Lester Tate.

"He's just one of the nicest, most easy-going people you could imagine," Tate said.

Mari is survived by his wife.

Late Wednesday, Cass High School posted a tribute to him on Facebook. And Thursday, the Bartow County School System honored Mari in a post.

"Inspirational, favorite teacher, Georgia Bulldog fan; that's how Antonio Mari's former students at Cass High School describe him," the school system posted. "We share the community's grief and extend our deepest sympathies to the Mari Family, as well as the BCSS Family."

Cartersville is about 43 miles northwest of Atlanta.

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"He has a gun": Mom's 911 call in standoff that left 4 kids dead

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 14:34

ORLANDO, Fla. - The mother of four children killed by her boyfriend called 911 from a 7-Eleven after fleeing her Orlando apartment, according to the June 10 call released Thursday by Orlando police, reports CBS affiliate WKMG. Ciara Lopez called Orlando police dispatch around 11:43 p.m. and said that her boyfriend, Gary Lindsey Jr., hurt her and took her phone.

"He hurt me and he has my phone and he has a gun, and there's four children in the house," Lopez said, her voice shaking.

The dispatcher asked Lopez if Lindsey had ever pulled the gun on her. "Not today," she replied.

Lopez said her four children were locked in their rooms at the home at Westbrook Apartments complex and she drove to the nearby 7-Eleven to get help.

"I have to go back to the apartment," she told dispatch several times.

WKMG reports that four minutes after that 911 call, Orlando police met Lopez at the complex's leasing office and attempted to get the children out. During an exchange of gunfire with Lindsey, OPD Officer Kevin Valencia was shot in the head and critically injured, police said.

Almost 24 hours later, Irayan Pluth, 12; Lillia Pluth, 10; Aidan Lindsey, 6; and Dove Lindsey, 1, were found shot to death in their beds, police said.

Valencia remains in critical condition.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Lindsey shot and killed the children, two of whom were his own, before taking his own life.

"I don't want to leave them alone there for too long, because he might do something," Lopez told dispatch.

Lopez's attorney released a statement Thursday afternoon about the 911 calls.

"It is clearly evident that in the recently released 911 call placed by Ciara Lopez ... at 11:43 p.m. that she had been physically assaulted and was in a state of terror, in fear for her children's lives at this point," the statement read.

Lopez told a 911 operator that she was scratched up but didn't need medical attention.

WKMG reports that at 4:35 a.m., Lindsey's sister from Jacksonville called Orlando police unsure if her brother was the barricaded suspect she saw on the news, but said she put two and two together after she received a call from Lindsey's friend at 2:30 a.m. who said Lindsey was threatening to kill himself.

Lindsey's sister told dispatch, still unsure if her brother was the suspect, that she wanted to help if she could.

"I didn't know exactly where it was. No one really did. I'm just calling because I saw this on the news and I was wondering if there was anything my mother and I could help," she said.

WKMG reports that the month before the shooting, Lindsey's sister attended a hearing after Lindsey reportedly violated his probation, and made a $1,000 restitution payment on his behalf which a judge said "saved him" from going to prison.

According to the station, Lindsey had a long history of arrests, including for arson and domestic violence. He once allegedly pulled a knife on his girlfriend while she held their 7-month-old child in her arms.

Orlando police also released 911 calls made by several concerned Westbrook residents.

The funeral for the four children will be held Saturday at St. James Catholic Cathedral Church, in downtown Orlando.

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