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1 in life-threatening condition after shooting in South Linden

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 18:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One person is in life-threatening condition after a shooting in the south Linden area of Columbus according to police.

Police were called to the area of E. 20th Avenue and Hamilton Avenue around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The person was taken to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Suspect information has not been released.

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Report: Trump wanted to prosecute Comey, Hillary Clinton

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 18:23

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told his counsel's office last spring that he wanted to prosecute political adversaries Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey, an idea that prompted White House lawyers to prepare a memo warning of consequences ranging up to possible impeachment, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Then-counsel Don McGahn told the president he had no authority to order such a prosecution, and he had White House lawyers prepare the memo arguing against such a move, The Associated Press confirmed with a person familiar with the matter. McGahn said that Trump could request such a probe but that even asking could lead to accusations of abuse of power, the newspaper said.

Presidents typically go out of their way to avoid any appearance of exerting influence over Justice Department investigations.

Trump has continued to privately discuss the matter of prosecuting his longtime adversaries, including talk of a new special counsel to investigate both Clinton and Comey, the newspaper said, citing two people who had spoken to Trump about the matter.

Trump has repeatedly and publicly called on the Justice Department to investigate Clinton, and he has tweeted his dismay over what he saw as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' reluctance to go after Clinton. Trump's former lawyer, John Dowd, urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a memo last year to investigate Comey and his handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Sessions last year said he was directing senior federal prosecutors to look into matters raised by House Republicans related to the Clinton Foundation and a uranium mine transaction benefiting the foundation that was approved when Clinton was secretary of state. The FBI has been investigating that matter. Sessions, in March, told lawmakers that he was not prepared to appoint a special counsel to investigate the FBI and potential political bias there.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. McGahn's lawyer, William Burck, also did not respond to a request for comment.

Categories: Ohio News

Congress to probe Ivanka Trump's private email use in White House

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 18:02

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill will be scrutinizing Ivanka Trump's personal email use in the White House in light of new revelations that she sent hundreds of messages about government business from that account last year.

On Tuesday, the Republican chairmen of Senate and House oversight committees — as well as a top House Democrat who will be wielding a gavel when his party takes power in January — called for the White House to provide more information about the email account and the nature of the messages President Donald Trump's daughter exchanged.

The moves renewed Republican-led congressional probes that had languished since last year when reports by Politico revealed that Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, and other White House officials had been using private email for government purposes in possible violation of the Presidential Records Act and other federal record-keeping laws.

The issue resurfaced this week when The Washington Post reported that the president's daughter, while a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year. The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members and Ivanka Trump's assistants, many in violation of public records rules, according to The Post.

The report prompted Sen. Ron Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, the outgoing chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, to send letters to the White House requesting a written response and briefing. They are asking for the White House to provide an accounting of the official emails exchanged on Ivanka Trump's personal account and to certify that the emails had been preserved according with federal law.

Gowdy is also asking the White House to disclose whether any emails contained sensitive or classified information.

The action came the same day Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the likely incoming chairman of the House Oversight panel, said he would pressure Trump's administration to turn over records about the use of private email for public business by Ivanka Trump, Kushner and other senior officials.

"My goal is to prevent this from happening again — not to turn this into a spectacle the way Republicans went after Hillary Clinton," Cummings said. "My main priority as Chairman will be to focus on the issues that impact Americans in their everyday lives."

In comments to reporters, the president, who has spent years railing against Clinton's use of private email for public business while secretary of state, sought to downplay — and differentiate — his daughter's email use from his former opponent's.

"They aren't classified like Hillary Clinton. They weren't deleted like Hillary Clinton," Trump said, adding: "What Ivanka did, it's all in the presidential records. Everything is there."

A spokesman for Ivanka Trump's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, didn't dispute the Post report. The spokesman, Peter Mirijanian, said no classified information was transmitted in the messages, no emails were deleted and the emails have since been "retained" in conformity with records laws. He also said Ivanka Trump did not set up a private server for the account, which he said was "never transferred or housed at Trump Organization."

Mirijanian said that while transitioning into the government and before she received ethics guidance about preserving government records, Ivanka Trump "sometimes used her private account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family."

"When concerns were raised in the press 14 months ago, Ms. Trump reviewed and verified her email use with White House Counsel and explained the issue to congressional leaders," he said. He did not say which congressional leaders were briefed.

The Senate Homeland Security and House Oversight investigations into private email were launched in 2017. That October, the White House dispatched counsel's office lawyers to brief the committees. But the attorneys refused to identify any officials who had used private email for official business.

At the time, the White House lawyers told the House committee they couldn't provide additional information on specific employees while an internal review was under way, according to a letter from Cummings. The White House has since not shared the findings of that review with Congress.

The discovery of the extent of Ivanka Trump's email use was prompted by public records requests from the liberal watchdog group American Oversight. The group's executive director, Austin Evers, said in a statement that "The president's family is not above the law," and he called on Congress to investigate.

"For more than two years, President Trump and senior leaders in Congress have made it very clear that they view the use of personal email servers for government business to be a serious offense that demands investigation and even prosecution, and we expect the same standard will be applied in this case," he said.

The emails the group uncovered include correspondence between Ivanka Trump and Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio State stays at No. 10 in College Football Playoff rankings head of Michigan game

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 17:17

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan were at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, marking the first time in the five-year history of the postseason system that the same teams held the first four spots for three straight weeks.

Unlike last week, there was a little movement in the top 10. Unbeaten Central Florida moved up two spots to No. 9. The Knights became the first team from outside the Power Five conference to be ranked in the selection committee's top 10.

Georgia remained No. 5, followed by Oklahoma at sixth. LSU remained seventh, Washington State held at 8 and Ohio State stayed at 10th, getting jumped by UCF.

Committee chairman Rob Mullens, the Oregon athletic director, said the group spend "considerable time" discussing Ohio State, which beat Maryland 52-51 in overtime on Saturday, and UCF, coming off a 38-13 victory against CIncinnati.

"We said while UCF might not have the depth of talent of Ohio State, the committee thought they're playing more as an all-around team," Mullens said.

No. 11 was Florida, which could help the Gators secure a New Year's Six bowl bid. Penn State is 12th.

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UCF'S LONG SHOT

There does not seem to be a realistic path to the playoff for UCF. What about an unrealistic one? Maybe. Imbalanced conferences have set traps for playoff contenders that UCF athletic director Danny White could not have laid out any better.

There is a case to be made that there is literally no way UCF would be allowed in the playoff. The conspiracy theorist would say the selection committee has been given their Power Five marching orders and that's that. There is a glass ceiling over UCF no matter the chaos in the other conferences. The less cynical would say UCF's schedule, not as rigorous as the other top teams, would deservedly keep the Knights out even if the alternative is teams that have lost two or even three games.

CFP executive director Bill Hancock has often said there is no glass ceiling on the Group of Five teams. They just need aggressive and fortuitous nonconference scheduling. The example often give is Houston of the American Athletic Conference in 2016. The Cougars, coming off a Peach Bowl victory like UCF this season, beat two highly ranked Power Five teams with star quarterback that season — Oklahoma with Baker Mayfield and Louisville with Lamar Jackson. But they lost three conference games and didn't even earn a major bowl bid.

But a Group of Five team with those types of nonconference victories, plus a strong conference record and league title, would have a chance to make the final four.

UCF doesn't have those victories this season. Its game against North Carolina was cancelled by a hurricane, and the Tar Heels aren't any good, anyway. UCF did play and pound Pittsburgh in September and the Panthers have turned out to be a good enough to reach the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against Clemson in two weeks.

The Panthers (7-4) are one of the keys that could help UCF pick the lock on the playoff.

Northwestern (7-4) of the Big Ten and Utah (8-3) of the Pac-12 have also clinched spots in their respective conference championship game, and Texas (8-3) could do the same in the Big 12 on Friday by beating Kansas.

UCF needs all these teams to win their conference titles and Alabama to win the Southeastern Conference at 13-0. At that point Notre Dame would likely reach the playoff no matter what it does against Southern California this weekend. Let's just assume the Irish win and are 12-0 and in.

That leaves two spots and four of the five Power Five conference champions have at least three losses. None of those teams are getting in. The conference title game losers could still be in the mix, but what if these are the conference title games losers?

— Washington (8-3) after the Huskie beat Washington State in the Apple Cup.

— West Virginia (8-2) after the Mountaineers beat Oklahoma.

— Ohio State (10-1) after the Buckeyes beat Michigan.

— Clemson (11-0) after the Tigers beat South Carolina.

That would leave Clemson 12-1, with a loss to Pitt — the team UCF crushed.

Assuming Clemson gets a mulligan and gets into the playoff, every other team would have at least two losses. At that point, wouldn't the committee have to give UCF a chance?

College Football Playoff Rankings (November 20, 2018)

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Michigan
  5. Georgia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. LSU
  8. Washington State
  9. UCF
  10. Ohio State
  11. Florida
  12. Penn State
  13. West Virginia
  14. Texas
  15. Kentucky
  16. Washington
  17. Utah
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Northwestern
  20. Syracuse
  21. Utah State
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Boise State
  24. Pittsburgh
  25. Iowa State
Categories: Ohio News

Former Ohio State nurse pleads guilty to faking cancer, accepting donations

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 16:22

A former nurse at Ohio State University pleaded guilty to lying about having a terminal illness and accepting donations.

Thirty-four-year-old Tawni Fuller pleaded guilty to telecommunications fraud and theft.

Fuller, a former nurse anesthetist, told co-workers at Ohio State she had terminal lung cancer in 2016.

An investigation found Fuller lied about being sick and accepting gifts, money and donated sick days.

The Delaware County Prosecutor's Office said restitution will be determined at her sentencing hearing set for November 26.

Categories: Ohio News

Troopers seize $1.2 million worth of marijuana in Madison County

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:41

The Ohio State Highway Patrol seized 250 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Madison County.

Troopers stopped a Penske truck with Indiana registration for a speed violation on Interstate 70 at 12:19 p.m. Monday.

OSHP said criminal indicators were observed and a patrol drug-sniffing K-9 alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the marijuana, valued at $1.2 million.

The driver, 23-year-old Benjamin Malugani of California, was taken to the Tri-County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana.

If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.

Categories: Ohio News

Thanksgiving travel forecast: What you need to know before hitting the road

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:36

One of the busiest travel days of the year is upon us. More than 54 million Americans are expected to travel in the coming days making this the busiest Thanksgiving since 2005.

If you're getting ready to head over the river and through the woods, or you're expecting company at your house you're no doubt hoping for smooth sailing on the roads. This year's travel forecast is looking pretty good as most of the region is expected to be dry.

Above is the forecast for Wednesday morning. That circle is simply the edge of a boundary 250 miles from Columbus (as the crow flies). For most it'll take anywhere from about four to seven hours to reach the edge of that circle - assuming ideal driving conditions and that you're following the speed limit. Notice that most of the area is expected to be dry on Wednesday morning.

You can't rule out some stray flurries in Northern Ohio but the best chance for snow will be in Northeast Ohio and for those who are traveling along the eastern shore of Lake Erie.

Light snow is expected in that region but accumulations should remain on the low side with anywhere between an inch or so throughout the day on Wednesday in NE Ohio to possibly up to 3+ inches in far Western New York. While not much, that's still enough to cause some slick spots so be careful if you're headed up that way.

Also, keep in mind that gusty winds will be with us in that area as well. That means that some snow squalls could affect travelers especially as you head through far Western Pennsylvania and Western New York state. These would lead to quick accumulations and whiteout conditions. Snow in that area will let up as we head through the afternoon.

On Wednesday afternoon the light snow will shift to Southern Pennsylvania and the mountain regions of West Virginia. Totals there are expected to be light - generally up to an inch or so - but slick spots could still develop. Again, here in central Ohio a few spotty flurries can't be ruled out but right now the biggest thing motorists in our area will face would be busy roads.

Bottom line: if you're headed to Northeastern Ohio the best chance for inclement weather will be early. If you're heading southeast of Central Ohio the best chance for any snow would be later in the day. All in all though, Wednesday isn't shaping up to be too bad of a day if you're hitting the roads. Enjoy your holiday!

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CDC warns people in U.S. not to eat romaine lettuce amid E. coli outbreak

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:16

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising that consumers in the United States not eat any romaine lettuce due to an outbreak of E. coli.

Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away.

“This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad,” The CDC said.

The CDC says to wash to sanitize drawers and shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. The CDC offers these five steps to cleaning your refrigerator.

Additionally, the CDC is advising restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce.

For more information from the CDC, click here.

Categories: Ohio News

Cavaliers, J.R. Smith parting ways amid stormy season

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:26

CLEVELAND (AP) — Disgruntled Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith has gotten his wish: He is parting ways with Cleveland.

The Cavaliers announced Tuesday that Smith "will no longer be with team as the organization works with JR and his representation regarding his future."

Smith requested a trade earlier this season. The 33-year-old has been dismayed with his role and the team's direction in the first season since LeBron James left for the second time as a free agent.

Smith's departure is the latest upheaval in a stormy season for Cleveland, which is league-worst 2-13. Coach Tyronn Lue was fired last month and All-Star forward Kevin Love is sidelined indefinitely following foot surgery.

Smith came to the Cavaliers in a trade from the Knicks in 2015. While his play has been inconsistent, Smith was a major contributor on Cleveland's 2016 championship team.

The Cavs wished Smith and his family well and thanked him for his contributions.

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Trump says U.S. will stand by Saudis, despite CIA's conclusion about Khashoggi killing

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:55

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday the U.S. will not punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at this time nor cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump called the killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a "horrible crime" that the U.S. does not condone, but said Saudi Arabia is a "great ally" and canceling billions in arms sales would only benefit China and Russia, which would be glad to step in and make the sales.

Trump's decision, announced in a statement released just before he left for the long Thanksgiving weekend in Florida, will disappoint and anger critics who have called for a much firmer rebuke to the kingdom and especially bin Salman.

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that he ordered the killing, according to a U.S. official familiar with the assessment. Others familiar with the case caution that while it's likely that the crown prince had a role in the death there continue to be questions about the degree to which he was involved.

The U.S. earlier sanctioned 17 Saudi officials suspected of being responsible for or complicit in the killing, but members of Congress have called for harsher actions.

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the crown prince ordered the killing, according to a U.S. official familiar with the assessment. Others familiar with the case caution that while it's likely the crown prince had a role, there continue to be questions about the degree to which he was involved.

Trump said Tuesday in his statement that the king of Saudi Arabia and the crown prince "vigorously deny" any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Khashoggi.

"Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn't!" Trump said.

"That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran."

He said the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of the United States. "America First!" he wrote.

Trump said he knows some members of Congress will disagree with his decision. He said he would listen to their ideas, but only if they are focused on U.S. national security.

Late last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that calls for suspending weapons sales to Saudi Arabia; sanctions on people who block humanitarian access in Yemen or support the Houthi rebels, and mandatory sanctions on those responsible for Khashoggi's death.

France's top diplomat said Monday that his country was mulling sanctions against Saudi Arabia. And Germany on Monday announced that it has banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe's border-free Schengen zone because of their suspected connections to the killing. German officials, who earlier banned new weapons exports to Riyadh, also said they were halting previously approved arms exports.

Some foreign policy experts have not only recommended tougher punitive measures against Saudi Arabia, but have advocated for a complete reset on relations with Riyadh.

Emile Nakhleh, a former member of CIA's senior intelligence service, said that since the crown prince assumed power three years ago, he has turned his country into a "strongman autocracy" that can't be trusted.

"His ruthless power grab, repression of potential challengers within his family, and crackdown on all opposition to his policies and projects inside and outside of Saudi Arabia have put American-Saudi relations at risk," Nakhleh wrote in an op-ed article Monday in the online intelligence newsletter The Cipher Brief. "He feels empowered to crush his potential rivals within the ruling family by his close relationship to President Trump and Jared Kushner."

Kushner, the president's son-in-law, has worked with the crown prince on various issues, including on how to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Categories: Ohio News

Trump grants poultry pardons to turkeys Peas and Carrots

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an annual Thanksgiving tradition, President Donald Trump has used the power of his office to keep a pair of turkeys off the holiday table.

Trump's poultry pardon means the two turkeys — a 39-pound bird named Peas and a 41-pounder named Carrots — will get to live the rest of their lives at a Virginia farm. Both were raised on a farm near Huron, South Dakota. First lady Melania Trump joined her husband for the act of mercy carried out during a light-hearted ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

President George H.W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound bird.

Trump was traveling to his Florida estate later Tuesday to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family.

Categories: Ohio News

OSU Marching Band heads to NYC for 1st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade performance

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:49

The Ohio State Marching Band is set to perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in the school's history.

This morning, band members left Ohio Stadium and began their journey to New York City.

WATCH: OSU Marching Band performances

OSU Marching Band Member Kenneth Dungan told 10TV he's excited for this "Once in a lifetime experience."

But this week is more than just a trip to NYC. It's also "Beat Michigan Week."

"I think performing in front of millions of people is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity but coming back and performing in the rivalry game is something I'll never take for granted," Dungan said.

A double-dose of excitement: an opportunity to play before a big crowd in the Big Apple and to play a packed stadium in "The Game."

The Best Damn Band In The Land will also be holding a Skull Session this week while in New York. The performance is set for Wednesday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th St.


Categories: Ohio News

Small rescue dog helps Ohio police department, community

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:15

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — A pint-sized pup adopted by a northern Ohio police department is having a positive impact on officers and the community.

Marblehead Police Chief Casey Joy tells WTVG-TV that he was inspired to adopt a dog from Petfinder after seeing stories about animals displaced by Hurricane Florence. Joy fell in love with a 4-month-old Chihuahua mix named Zorro.

Zorro rides along with Joy on patrols in a special police K-9 vest made by a resident. Police say the tiny dog has made a big difference in the village. They say he helps relieve officers' stress and cheers up the public too.

Zorro lives with Joy and a seizure-detecting dog that helps the chief's son. Zorro will visit nursing homes, hospitals and hospice facilities as a therapy dog when he's finished training.

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Green Tuesday: Crowds line up at 1st East Coast pot shops

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 06:02

LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — People lined up in the rain in Massachusetts Tuesday morning to be among the first customers at the state's first two legal pot shops, more than two years after voters approved of recreational marijuana for adults.

The state's first commercial pot shops opened in Leicester and Northampton.

Items for sale in the modern and spacious stores include various strains of marijuana flower, pre-rolled joints and edibles such as brownies and chocolate bars.

Cannabis is sold legally in six Western states.

The first customer at the Leicester store was Stephen Mandile, an Iraq War veteran who has been using medical marijuana to treat his post-traumatic stress, a traumatic brain injury and chronic pain.

Customers were shuttled to Cultivate, the Leicester store, from a remote parking lot about a mile away as police kept a visible but low-key presence outside. Customers perused offerings kept behind counters and under glass.

Kenny Boisvert, a 33-year-old Blackstone resident, was pleasantly surprised by his purchasing experience.

"It's a very nice place. It's way more than I expected," he said as he waited to pick up the flower and edibles he had bought. "My thoughts are if Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states in the country, opens up recreational shops, I can see the whole country doing it, just for the revenue."

The rollout of legal pot sales has been slow in Massachusetts, with regulators saying they wanted to make sure it was done safely and without some of the supply issues other states have faced.

Several more stores could open in the coming months.

Categories: Ohio News

Remains of soldier killed in Korean War identified as Ohio man

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 05:34

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials say the remains of a U.S. soldier killed during the Korean War have been identified as those of an Ohio man.

A Defense Department agency says Monday that remains accounted for in August are those of Army Pfc. Leo Duquette.

Military officials say the 19-year-old Toledo soldier served in the 24th Division and fought against North Korean forces in July 1950 near Choch'iwon, South Korea. He was reported missing in action July 11, 1950, and declared dead in December 1953.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says in a statement that the remains of 164 Americans were found near that battleground in October 1950. Duquette's remains were buried when they couldn't be matched, but disinterred in 2017 for re-analysis.

Scientists used DNA analysis to identify the remains as Duquette's.

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Former Cleveland-area judge is suspect in former wife's fatal stabbing

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 05:16

A former Cleveland-area judge who spent nine months in prison for beating his wife at the time is now a suspect in her stabbing death over the weekend and is likely to be charged, authorities said Monday.

Police said in court documents the ex-judge who also served in the state legislature was fleeing the scene of a homicide in which he was the suspect when he slammed his SUV into a patrol cruiser.

Lance Mason was charged Monday with felonious assault in the crash, but he has not been charged in his former wife's death.

Police in Shaker Heights, a Cleveland suburb, said Monday that additional charges will be brought against Mason in connection with the death of his former wife.

Mason was taken into custody after officers found Aisha Fraser dead on Saturday, according to police in Shaker Heights, a Cleveland suburb. Messages seeking comment were left with an attorney who has represented Mason in the past.

In a 911 call, Mason's sister described how he was covered in blood and pacing inside his home. "He stabbed her and he said she's dead," Lynn Mason told a dispatcher.

Both Mason and a police officer responding to a reported domestic dispute were injured when Mason's SUV hit the cruiser near the scene of the fatal stabbing, police said.

Mason ran from the crash, but was taken into custody, police told Cleveland.com. He was being held without bond.

The Ohio Supreme Court last year indefinitely suspended Mason's law license after he was sentenced to prison for assaulting Fraser inside a car while their two young daughters sat in the back seat.

Authorities say the couple was separated at the time in 2014 and that Mason repeatedly struck and bit his wife. He pleaded guilty to felonious assault and domestic violence.

Mason was a judge at the time of his arrest and had been on the bench six years. Before that, he was elected to both the Ohio House and Senate.

Mason was hired last year by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to work in the city's minority business development office.

Jackson said he fired Mason after he was taken into custody Saturday. The mayor on Monday defended his decision to hire Mason despite his past problems.

Officials said Fraser worked in Shaker Heights Schools for 16 years and most recently taught at Woodbury Elementary School. Several hundred people gathered at the school Monday night for a vigil, WKYC-TV reported.

Shaker Heights Superintendent Stephen Wilkins said in a statement that Fraser was a devoted mother and a committed teacher.

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Gunman fatally shoots woman at Catholic store in Missouri

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 05:16

Police in suburban St. Louis on Monday were searching Monday for a gunman who went into a religious supply store, sexually assaulted at least one woman and shot a woman in the head. Police said the shooting victim later died at a hospital.

The shooting happened about 3:15 p.m. at a Catholic Supply of St. Louis store in western St. Louis County, near the town of Ballwin. Police were looking for a man about 5-foot-7 with a heavy build, and said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

The gunman walked into the store and sexually assaulted at least one woman — police spokesman Shaun McGuire said he couldn't confirm media reports that more than one woman was assaulted.

It wasn't clear why the store was targeted and McGuire didn't know if its religious affiliation was a factor.

"Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific tragedy at Catholic Supply," St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson said on Twitter.

McGuire said that the woman who died did not know the suspect.

"Obviously, that adds to the intensity of our search," McGuire said.

The shooting happened at a strip mall in an affluent area of suburban St. Louis along Manchester Road, one of the most congested roadways in the region. McGuire said the heavy volume of traffic only made finding the suspect more difficult.

"Obviously someone could blend in pretty easily," he said.

Catholic Supply of St. Louis Inc. operates three stores specializing in church supplies for parishes as well as Catholics. The company's website says it also publishes national supply catalogs.

Ballwin is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of St. Louis.

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Gunman in California mass shooting showed warning signs

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 04:33

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — At first, the outlines of the mass shooter's 28 years appeared unremarkable.

Ian David Long enlisted in the Marines out of high school and married at 19. Within five years, he was honorably discharged, divorced and in college.

As the picture sharpened, troubling details emerged — the kinds of clues that, in hindsight, make people wonder out loud whether the impulse that led Long to kill 12 people at a country music bar had been forming in plain sight.

Neighbors avoided him. He made them uncomfortable, and then there were the fits of aggressive yelling and property destruction at the home Long shared with his mom. One of his high school coaches says he scared her.

Others who interacted with Long at different stops — high school classmates, Marines in his regiment, professors — struggled to recall much about him. Meanwhile, family who did know him and investigators who are learning his story aren't talking publicly.

One thing that has leaked out: During the Nov. 7 massacre at the Borderline Bar & Grill, Long posted on social media about whether people would think he was insane.

Authorities haven't settled on a theory of why Long opened fire, then killed himself. Reconstructing a motive may take weeks, or much longer.

"We may never know what was in his head," said Tricia Benson, who grew up and still lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks. "We may never know what that darkness was."

Long's desire to join the Marines dated at least to high school.

It was a life goal that helped rescue him from consequences when, a decade ago, Long allegedly assaulted a track coach.

One day at practice, Dominique Colell was asking who owned a lost a cellphone. Long said it was his. When she didn't immediately hand it over, she said, he grabbed her rear and midsection.

Another time, Long mimicked shooting her in the head.

"I literally feared for myself around him," said Colell, who no longer coaches at Newbury Park High School.

She wanted to kick Long off the team. Another coach argued the black mark could jeopardize his goal of joining the military. Long, a sprinter, was allowed to stay.

Neither the school nor its district has responded to requests for comment.

A third coach, Evie Cluke, recalled profanity-laced tirades that forced people to back away.

"The warning signs were there," Cluke said.

In a calm moment, she asked Long why he wanted to enlist.

"When you hear somebody say they want to be in the military because they want to kill people in the name of our country, that's chilling," Cluke said.

Long's family had a military pedigree. His grandfather was a Naval Academy graduate who served 30 years and retired with the rank of commander.

Long enlisted a few months after high school graduation. It was 2008.

Stationed in Hawaii, Long became a machine gunner. Two weeks before he returned from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan in 2011, he legally separated from his wife of two years.

Authorities with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department have publicly speculated that, like many veterans, Long suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

No such diagnosis has been confirmed. A spokeswoman for the Department of Veterans Affairs said Long wasn't enrolled in health care there.

The theory that something fundamental about Long changed in the Marines does not persuade Thomas Burke, who served in Long's regiment and is now a pastor. Though the two did not know each other, Burke said he has spoken recently with their mutual friends.

"Really what this was more about was his own loneliness and isolation," Burke said.

Long left the service in 2013 and enrolled at California State University, Northridge. During three years at the school about a half-hour drive from Thousand Oaks, he took classes that lead to becoming a physical trainer or rehab specialist.

Students in the school's physical therapy club did not recall Long. Campus police have no record of him. Professors said they have no helpful insights.

"An unremarkable student in good standing," Konstantinos Vrongistinos, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, wrote in email.

For reasons that remain unclear, Long dropped out after three years.

Around that time, his Facebook posts alienated at least one high school acquaintance.

Raven Chavanne ran track with Long. She was turned off by his personality, but like many high school classmates, they were connected online.

Chavanne said she unfriended Long around 2016 because she didn't like what he was writing — though she couldn't remember the details.

"I was like, 'Who is this guy posting this? Oh, it's Ian,'" said Chavanne.

What Long did over the past two years is largely a public mystery.

In April, one particularly alarming uproar on the Longs' property prompted an intervention.

"It sounded to me like the man was out of his head," said Tom Hanson, a next-door neighbor who called 911.

Deputies summoned a mental health specialist, who interviewed Long. A 72-hour involuntary psychiatric commitment requires an "imminent" threat of harm, and the specialist concluded his behavior wasn't extreme enough.

The standard can be tough to meet, said Marisa Randazzo, who has interviewed five mass shooters as the former chief research psychologist for the U.S. Secret Service. "We don't want laws that somebody can be taken in because of something they said over Thanksgiving dinner," she said.

Hanson, the neighbor on a quiet block in a city often ranked as one of California's safest, said he sympathized with Long's mother.

"I think she was all the time overwhelmed by this guy," Hanson said. "You never knew when he was going to go off."

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Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 03:44

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge barred the Trump administration on Monday from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally.

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco. The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which quickly sued after President Donald Trump issued the ban this month in response to the caravans of migrants that have started to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that said anyone who crossed the southern border would be ineligible for asylum. The regulations, which will remain in place for three months absent a court order, could potentially make it harder for thousands of people who enter the U.S. to avoid deportation.

"Individuals are entitled to asylum if they cross between ports of entry," said Baher Azmy, a lawyer for the Center for Constitutional Rights. "It couldn't be clearer."

In recent years, tens of thousands of immigrants each year have shown up in the Arizona desert or on the north bank of the Rio Grande in Texas, surrendered to immigration agents and requested asylum. The Department of Homeland Security estimates around 70,000 people a year claim asylum between official ports of entry.

Trump has argued that the recent caravans are a threat to national security.

Around 3,000 people from the first of the caravans have arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, across the border from San Diego, California. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday that it closed off northbound traffic for several hours at the San Ysidro crossing. It has also installed movable, wire-topped barriers, apparently to stop a potential mass rush of people.

As of Monday, 107 people detained between official crossings have sought asylum since Trump's order went into effect, according to DHS, which oversees Customs and Border Protection. Officials didn't say whether those people's cases were still progressing through other avenues left to them after the proclamation.

DHS has said it wants asylum seekers at the southern border to appear at an official border crossing. But many border crossings such as San Ysidro already have long wait times. People are often forced to wait in shelters or outdoor camps on the Mexican side, sometimes for weeks.

ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt said that some people seeking asylum cross between official ports because "they're in real danger," either in their countries of origin or in Mexico.

"We don't condone people entering between ports of entry, but Congress has made the decision that if they do, they still need to be allowed to apply for asylum," he said.

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Columbus woman killed during shootout three days after her 20th birthday

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 20:56

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio - A Columbus woman is dead after she was hit by a bullet when two other people shot at each other, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said 20-year-old Ja’Kharia Morgan was riding in a car when the driver stopped on Myrtle Avenue near Perdue Avenue early in the morning of November 14.

Major Steven Tucker with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said the driver got out, had an altercation with someone outside of the car, and at least two people started shooting.

Morgan is believed to have stayed in the car and Tucker said it appears she was ducking to avoid the bullets when she was shot.

Morgan, who turned 20 three days before the shooting, was pronounced dead at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Tucker said the person who was driving the car Morgan was in is not believed to be the one who shot her.

The relationship between the driver and Morgan is unclear, Tucker said.

No one has been arrested but Tucker said they are continuing to conduct interviews.

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