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Trump on Kavanaugh: “Women are for him more than anybody would understand”

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 05:47

President Trump called his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a "fantastic man" from "central casting," and exhorted supporters at a Springfield, Missouri, rally "to fight for him, not worry about the other side." He added, "Women are for him more than anyone would understand."

While the president was making his case for Kavanaugh at the Friday rally for Senate GOP candidate Josh Hawley, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee were embroiled in negotiations with lawyers for the woman who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both of them were teenagers, Christine Blasey Ford. Lawmakers and Ford's lawyers are trying to reach an agreement on testimony -- likely next week -- from her and Kavanaugh about the incident.

The president also took the opportunity during the rally to bash the Justice Department and FBI, saying most people there are good, but there are some "real bad ones." Although many of the "bad ones" are gone, he continued, there is a "lingering stench, and we are going to get rid of that too." He offered nothing more specific, but he made the comments after the New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had in 2017 suggested recording President Trump to show the turmoil inside the White House and talked about recruiting some in the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare President Trump unfit for office.

Soon after the story published, Rosenstein strongly denied the story calling it "inaccurate and factually incorrect" in a statement, and he added later that he had "never pursued or authorized recording the president and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false."

The Missouri rally was President Trump's second in two days, after an appearance in Las Vegas for Dean Heller on Thursday.

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is considered to be one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election, as she represents a state which voted for President Trump by nearly 20 points in 2016. A recent CBS News Battleground Tracker poll found that McCaskill and Hawley are neck-and-neck, as each has 45 percent support among likely voters. CBS News rates the McCaskill-Hawley race as a "toss up."

President Trump spent much of the time bashing McCaskill, saying that she'll "never, ever vote for us." Hawley, however, is a "star," according to the president. The affection was mutual -- Hawley said 20,000 people had to be turned away from the arena to see President Trump. He pivoted from praising President Trump to hitting McCaskill.

"There's somebody who hasn't been willing to work with the president of the United States -- that somebody is Claire McCaskill," Hawley said.

After he retook the podium, President Trump spent much of the speech reliving his 2016 presidential victory in an attempt to amp up rally attendees and encourage them to vote in the midterms, even though he won't be on the ballot. "Get out in 2018 because you're voting for me in 2018," he said. He also called the 2016 election "one of the greatest nights in the history of the country, but far less importantly, one of the greatest nights in the history of television."

"This November you make your voice heard, just like you did two Novembers ago, in the most exciting evening in a long time -- maybe ever," President Trump said.

He also hit familiar talking points, such as low unemployment rates, trade deals and building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

President Trump especially criticized McCaskill for saying that she would vote against his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Referring to the current allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, the president said that he should be supported and "women are for him more than anybody would understand."

McCaskill announced her opposition Wednesday, citing his positions on campaign finance.

"While I am also uncomfortable about his view on presidential power as it relates to the rule of law and his position that corporations are people, it is his allegiance to the position that unlimited donations and dark anonymous money, from even foreign interests, should be allowed to swamp the voices of individuals that has been the determining factor in my decision to vote no on his nomination," McCaskill said in a statement.

I will vote no on Judge Kavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/AeNC6clHbq

— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) September 19, 2018

Hawley has said that he would support Kavanaugh's confirmation and continued to support his nomination amid the allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman when they were both in high school. "The Democrats have played politics with this entire process and were opposed to Brett Kavanaugh before he was even nominated. They don't care about the truth," Hawley said Monday, according to St. Louis Public Radio. "I believe allegations of sexual misconduct should never be disregarded. That's why it's important that both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh be heard immediately and under oath."

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Ohio woman looks back at 102 years of life and changes

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 05:16

Centenarians Day is celebrated on September 22nd.

It's a day to celebrate people who hit their 100th birthday.

And you can imagine the changes they've seen from 1918 until now.

One Central Ohio centenarian will be featured in a new book, sharing her memories from the last 102 years.

Before women had the right to vote, even prior to the United States entering WWI and when a loaf of bread cost 7 cents, one outgoing pizza lover came into this world.

Clementina Torma was born 102 years ago, in Segno, Italy.

She emigrated to the U.S. when she was 5 years old, becoming a lifelong Ohioan.

In Mansfield, Clem found work during WW2, A Rosie the Riveter who shaped America's history while seeing so much develop, like Broad Street.

"Coming into this area is remarkable. Coming each direction it's larger, you don't know which way to make a turn this way or that way or what," she explains of the growth on the street.

She's also watched her family flourish. Clem and her late husband never had kids -- which is why she's always been called the "cool aunt."

"All of my nieces and nephews fill this town. It's been so nice to have everyone around and if anything is going we're always together," she says while sitting around a table at Donato's restaurant with two of her nieces and her nephew.

Her family spends time with her several days a week, always taking Clem to lunch to eat her favorite pizza.

"See Italians love sausage and my dad made sausage every year in a cellar. We'd have sausage and spaghetti. We'd fix it with anything you can think of," she remembers.

So obviously her long life isn't based on a strict diet.

For her it's doing what she loves, traveling, socializing and keeping family close.

"Because if you're not happy you're not going to have a good life," she says, "it's been great! My nieces and nephews are around me and I can't envision it any other way."

Clementina is one of 10 centenarians featured in a new book called "1000 Years of Memories."

She says she's excited to celebrate her 103rd birthday in December with what else, a pizza party.

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Burt Reynolds mourned at small private memorial in Florida

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 04:20

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — About 80 of Burt Reynolds' friends and relatives shared memories of the late actor at a private memorial service.

Reynolds' ex-wife Loni Anderson and their son Quinton Anderson Reynolds were among the speakers at the Thursday service at Quattlebaum Funeral Home in North Palm Beach, Florida, a family spokeswoman, Cheryl Kagan, told The Associated Press.

Reynolds died at age 82 on Sept. 6 at a hospital in Jupiter, Florida, and a death certificate issued Sept. 10 that was obtained by "Entertainment Tonight" said that he had already been cremated. Neither family nor officials have revealed a cause of death.

Bobby Bowden, former longtime football coach at Florida State University, where Reynolds was a player, opened the service with a prayer and went on to tell stories from throughout the actor's life.

Anderson, who had a famously difficult divorce from Reynolds, shared happier moments from their 12 years together, calling their son Quinton their "greatest collaboration."

Other guests included Lee Corso, the ESPN football analyst who was a teammate and roommate of Reynolds in college, and former NCAA and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie.

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Kavanaugh accuser given more time to make decision about testifying

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 03:50

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said late Friday that Christine Blasey Ford will have one more day to decide if she will testify before the Committee. An attorney for Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, requested the extra day in a letter sent shortly Grassley's 10 p.m. deadline.

"Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate," Grassley tweeted shortly before midnight. "She shld decide so we can move on I want to hear her. I hope u understand. It's not my normal approach to b indecisive."

Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate She shld decide so we can move on I want to hear her. I hope u understand. It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018

Grassely added in another tweet "With all the extensions we give Dr Ford to decide if she still wants to testify to the Senate I feel like I'm playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor."

With all the extensions we give Dr Ford to decide if she still wants to testify to the Senate I feel like I’m playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018

Ford's attorney, Debra Katz, said the deadline had been "arbitrarily imposed."

"The imposition of aggressive and artificial deadlines regarding the date and conditions of any hearing has created tremendous and unwarranted anxiety and stress on Dr. Ford," Katz wrote in the letter. "Your cavalier treatment of a sexual assault survivor who has been doing her best to cooperate with the Committee is completely inappropriate."

Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had said Ford could testify Wednesday - a day earlier than she requested, but also two days later than the day the committee had originally scheduled.

The committee is also proposing that Ford testify before Kavanaugh, as opposed to after, as requested by Katz.

Katz wrote that she had advised the Committee that Ford had traveled to meet with the FBI "for several hours" about the death threats she has been receiving. Because of that, Katz said they would need until Saturday to "confer" before she can provide the Committee with a "well-considered response."

"Rather than allowing her the time she needs to respond to the take-it-or-leave-it demand you conveyed, you sent us an email at 5:47 p.m. - which you again gave to the media first - insisting that we accept your 'invitation' for a Wednesday hearing by 10:00 p.m. tonight," Katz wrote.

President Trump weighed in on the matter Friday morning, firing off his first tweets about the allegation, saying that if the "attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed" with the police "by either her or her loving parents."

"I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" Mr. Trump tweeted.

I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018

The president has commented on the Kavanaugh allegation throughout the week, praising his Supreme Court pick's integrity and intellect, while declining to attack Ford. On Friday, the president questioned why no one contacted the FBI "36 years ago," after Democrats have urged the FBI to open an investigation into Ford.

"The radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW. Why didn't someone call the FBI 36 years ago?" Mr. Trump tweeted.

The radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW. Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018

On Friday, the president also claimed that Kavanaugh is "under assault by radical left wing politicians."

"Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts don't matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.," Mr. Trump wrote.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018

Grassley declined an earlier request by Ford to have the FBI investigate her allegation against Kavanaugh. The FBI has included the allegation in Kavanaugh's background file, and is not opening any additional probe at this time, although the president could theoretically direct the FBI to undertake a further review. The president said he trusts the Senate to do its job.

Grassley said in a tweet Thursday that committee investigators have been following up on the leads from Ford's allegations and from news stories. "No other OUTSIDE investigation is necessary for the Cmte to do its investigation," Grassley's tweet read.

Cmte investigators are following up on the leads from Dr. Ford’s allegations & news stories No other OUTSIDE investigation is necessary for the Cmte to do its investigation. Don’t know why Dems are refusing to cooperate in the cmte’s investigation I hope Dems will join me 4/4

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 19, 2018

Ford's initial list of terms for her testimony before the committee, according to CBS News' Jan Crawford and Adam Verdugo, included the following:

  • Ford will not appear any sooner than next Thursday;
  • No questions to be asked at hearing by any outside counsel -- only senators;
  • Mark Judge must be subpoenaed;
  • Kavanaugh would testify first, then Ford would testify, and Kavanaugh would have no opportunity to respond or rebut;
  • Deadline for her to provide written statement before the hearing would be waived;
  • Provide adequate security;
  • Only one pool camera in hearing room;
  • Ford and Kavanaugh allotted the same amount of time to talk

Highlights from earlier this week:

Grassley extends counteroffer deadline to 10 p.m.

Grassley extended the deadline for Ford to respond to the counteroffer to 10 p.m., after initially requesting that she respond by 5 p.m.

"It's Friday night and nothing's been agreed to despite our extensive efforts to make testimony possible," Grassley said in a statement. "I'm extending the deadline for response yet again to 10 o'clock this evening. I'm providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. Ford's attorneys don't respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify. In the event that we can come to a reasonable resolution as I've been seeking all week, then I will postpone the committee vote to accommodate her testimony. We cannot continue to delay."

Republican staffer sent email to potential party attendee

CBS News has obtained an email sent by a Republican staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee to a woman who may have attended the party in 1982 where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The letter says that this woman -- whose name was redacted in the copy CBS News received -- has "been identified as an individual who was in attendance at a party that occurred circa 1982 described in a recent Washington Post article."

The letter to the unnamed woman, dated Sept. 18, asks if she would be willing to participate in a confidential phone call to discuss the allegations made against Kavanaugh the following day.

This kind of email may have been sent to the small number of people who attended the party in 1982, some of whom have not been identified.

Senate GOP provides counteroffer to Ford's terms

CBS News has confirmed that Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have provided a counteroffer to Ford, and the committee asked her to respond by 5 p.m. Friday to accept the terms. Conditions of the counteroffer include:

  • The hearing will be held on Wednesday rather than Thursday;
  • An outside counsel will question Ford;
  • Ford will speak before Kavanaugh;
  • Only one pool camera in the hearing room;
  • Kavanaugh and Ford will be in separate rooms

Judiciary Committee Democrats criticized these terms in a letter sent to Grassley Friday afternoon.

"Now that it appears the Committee may be holding a hearing potentially as soon as next Thursday, we need to ensure the hearing is fair, impartial, and designed to uncover the truth. This means the Committee should at a minimum hear from the FBI, the individual who administered Dr. Ford's polygraph test, and all witnesses to the event. This includes Mark Judge, each of the individuals Republican staff have contacted, and other relevant witnesses. There is simply no reason not to hear all the facts," the letter reads. "The Committee should also hear from character witnesses for Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford - it is only fair to both - as well as from outside experts who can speak to these allegations. We will submit a list of minority witnesses we would like to call in the next day."

McConnell says not acting on Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination was his most consequential act in Senate

The Senate majority leader told social conservatives at the Values Voter summit that his decision not to act on President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia was the most consequential thing he has done in the Senate. To substantial applause, McConnell complimented President Trump for appointing judges to district and circuit courts and touted the number of judges confirmed and the brisk pace at which the Senate is confirming these judges.

McConnell predicted that the Senate will "plow right through" and confirm Kavanaugh, whose confirmation process has been slowed by the recent revelation of a sexual assault allegation against him. McConnell suggested this would not impact his eventual confirmation, though. "In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court," he said. -- By Jack Turman

11:00 a.m. Female friends and former colleagues of Kavanaugh defend him

Women who have known Kavanaugh for decades showed up in force at a downtown Washington press conference to assert that Ford's "allegation isn't true and Brett Kavanaugh is qualified to sit on the Supreme Court." Maura Fitzgerald, who says she dated him briefly in college said she's known him for over 35 years, and the sexual assault allegation is "inconsistent with everything I have known about him as a person." He has, she said "always been kind and good-natured" and "concerned with the well-being of others." He was "the kind of guy you wanted to take home to meet your parents."

The message across the board from these women was "that's not the Brett I know." Their testimonials about Kavanaugh sounded similar themes: He dated them or their friends or their sisters. He was unfailingly polite and always thoughtful, a compassionate presence for them when they experienced the loss of a family member or friend. He coaches their children. He is a man of great intellect and ability, and he should be able to take his seat on the court.

Senate Judiciary Committee still has Monday hearing scheduled

Having given Ford until 10 a.m. Friday to submit testimony for a scheduled hearing Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee has yet to say whether it will change the date of that hearing, or accept any of Ford's demands.

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Appeals court overturns Ohio murder-for-hire death sentence

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 03:30

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man sentenced to die in an Ohio murder-for-hire case says statements alleging his involvement were hearsay, and a federal court has agreed and has thrown out his conviction and death sentence.

Friday's ruling came in the case of Ahmad Fawzi Issa (AH'-mahd FOW'-zee EE'-sah), convicted of aggravated murder for arranging the killing of Maher Khrais, a Cincinnati convenience store owner shot outside his store in 1997.

Authorities say Issa paid a man $10,000 to kill Khrais at the request of Khrais' wife, Linda Khriss.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave Hamilton County prosecutors six months to retry the 48-year-old Issa or release him.

A message was left with the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office, which could appeal the ruling.

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Police: 1 woman injured, 1 critical in north Columbus shooting

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Division of Police said two women were injured in a shooting in north Columbus.

The shooting happened Saturday just before 12:45 a.m. on Howie Road and Hudson Street at the Sunrise Bar.

According to police, one person exited a vehicle and gunfire erupted. One person was hit in the neck and was transported to Riverside Hospital and is expected to recover.

The other person was sitting in a chair in the parking lot and also was struck in the neck. She was transported to Grant Medical Center and in extremely critical condition.

Authorities say there are no suspects at this time. Those with information should contact Columbus Police at 614-645-4075.

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

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Franklin County Sheriff's Office identifies man killed in Jackson Township crash

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 19:55

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has identified a man killed in a traffic crash in Jackson Township.

The crash happened around 8 p.m. Friday on I-270 eastbound, just west of I-71.

According to the sheriff's office, Anthony Allred, 53 of Columbus was driving a 1997 Mac dump truck loaded with asphalt, eastbound on I-270 west of I-71 when he appeared to lose control of his vehicle and went off the left berm of the roadway. He then came back onto the roadway and the vehicle rolled over onto its side and then onto its top.

While the Mac dump truck was rolling onto its side, it struck the side of a 2018 Freightliner Cascadia driven by another person.

The dump truck section then separated from the frame of the truck and emptied a load of asphalt across all lanes of I-270.

Authorities say Allred was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

There is no indication that alcohol or drugs were a factor in this crash.

Investigators are on the scene and the sheriff's office said the highway will be closed for several hours.

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Some flea and tick meds increase risk of seizures in pets, FDA warns

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 18:03

Health officials are alerting pet owners and veterinarians that certain flea and tick treatments might put dogs and cats at an increased risk of neurologic issues, including seizures. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the drugs are in the isoxazoline class and include Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica.

These products are approved for the treatment and prevention of flea and tick infestations. While these treatments are considered to be generally safe and effective for use in cats and dogs, the FDA recommends pet owners consult with their veterinarian to review their pets' medical histories and determine whether a product in the isoxazoline class is appropriate for their animal.

The affected products have been associated with neurologic adverse reactions, including muscle tremors, ataxia (the loss of full control of bodily movements), and seizures in some dogs and cats, the FDA reports.

While most dogs and cats don't experience neurologic problems related to the treatments, seizures can occur in those even without a prior history.

The FDA says it is working with manufacturers of isoxazoline products to include new label information to highlight the risk of neurologic events.

If your dog or cat experiences any health problems while using an isoxazoline treatment, talk to your veterinarian.

The FDA also encourages pet owners and veterinarians to report any adverse reactions to the agency directly.

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Photo of boys folding American flag goes viral

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 17:53

A photo of three young boys folding an American flag in Hayden, Idaho, has gone viral, with many praising the boys for their efforts to protect the flag.

Amanda Reallan spotted the boys outside of Hayden Meadows Elementary school on Wednesday. What she saw compelled her to take a photo. Two boys were holding the ends of an American flag together to fold it in half. The third boy laid underneath the flag, so if it slipped from his friends' hands, it wouldn't hit the ground.

Reallan shared the heartwarming picture on Facebook. "Wow! I just watched the most amazing act of Patriotism!" the mom wrote. "Was waiting to pick up my children from school when three boys took down the flag. They were having a hard time making sure it didn't touch the ground when the third boy laid under it to honor not letting it touch the ground!"

The photo of the patriotic young men protecting the sacred flag soon went viral.

The boys are fifth graders Naylan Tuttle, Jack LeBreck, and Casey Dolan, KHQ reports. The three friends explained why the took so much care in folding the flag.

"This is our nation's flag, this is our school's flag, it's how we represent our country," LeBreck said. "If you let it touch the ground then you disrespect our country is what I heard."

The boys had a mentor who taught them about the flag. Mac McCarty, the school's custodian, showed the 5th graders how to properly fold and store it. "Mr. Mac" as the kids call him, told KHQ he is an Air Force veteran and that his father and grandfather were both in the military. He was happy the boys took his lesson to heart.

"They did themselves proud, they did their families proud, they did our school proud and our community and I'm very proud of them and I'm sure their families are very proud of them as well," McCarty said.

"I think it would be very honorable for me, my dad and my grandfather, they've been in the service, in the military, so I probably think I would make them proud," Naylan Tuttle said.

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Tokes family "disgusted" with decision to toss lawsuit; vow to push for legislative change

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 16:31

COLUMBUS – The parents of murdered Ohio State student Reagan Tokes have vowed to continue their fight in both the statehouse and the courtroom to fix what they called flawed laws in Ohio.

Speaking to 10 Investigates via phone Friday, Lisa McCrary-Tokes and Toby Tokes said they plan to appeal a Court of Claims judge’s decision to toss out their wrongful death lawsuit against the state.

Earlier this year, the Tokes sued the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction alleging that the state failed to adequately monitor Brian Golsby, the convicted sex offender who had been released from prison three months before killing their daughter, Reagan.

Tokes’ body was found in the Scioto Grove Metro Park in February of 2017.

Prosecutors said she had been abducted in the Short North area as she left work, forced to drive to an ATM to retrieve money and was later sexually assaulted before being fatally shot in the park.

In the weeks and days leading up to Reagan’s murder, prosecutors alleged - and Golsby later pleaded guilty to - committing a string of robberies, violated his curfew and failed to charge the battery of his GPS ankle monitor, sanctions that should have led to a violation hearing before the state’s Adult Parole Authority.

But Golsby was arrested for Reagan’s murder before that hearing could happen.

The Tokes still allege that the state had a duty to protect their daughter and the public and that it failed to do so.

The Tokes’ attorney argued that the state was negligent in part because it knew that Golsby was at high risk to re-offend and that they had assigned him a GPS ankle monitor but failed to assign “exclusion zones” that would have restricted where Golsby could travel.

The judge disagreed, and in a Sept. 4 ruling, he sided with attorneys representing the state who argued that DRC was immune from being sued and that there was no “special relationship” to protect Reagan Tokes from the crimes of a third party.

“...The court's conclusion that DRC owed no duty in this instance is wholly consistent with the general principle that, absent a special relationship, there is no duty to control the conduct of a third person…” Judge Patrick McGrath wrote.

The Tokes told 10 Investigates they were not surprised by the judge’s ruling.

“Neither one of us were totally surprised, but I would really probably use the word ‘disgusted’ more so than I would ‘disappointed’,”

Reagan’s mother, Lisa McCrary-Tokes, told 10 Investigates Friday.

“Was I thrown off by it? No. Our attorney took this case on because he feels very strongly that Reagan was the victim of a senseless crime. The state had control over an individual. Failed to monitor. Failed to execute. And the bottom line is – we believe we need to move forward with it to get changes made,” said Reagan’s father, Toby Tokes.

Online court records show the attorney for the Tokes has filed his notice of appeal. The case will now move to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Tokes said. A DRC spokeswoman on Friday said “DRC does not comment on pending litigation.”

“That’s what they are hiding behind, that they really didn’t have a special duty to control him. And it’s just to me unfathomable that nobody in the state from the governor on down has ever said ‘You know what we made a mistake.’ This shouldn’t have happened. And we may not be talking right now if that would have happened,” Toby Tokes told 10 Investigates.

It’s been more than a year and half since their eldest daughter, Reagan, was kidnapped, raped and murdered by convicted sex offender Brian Golsby. Golsby was convicted earlier this year and his serving out a life sentence in prison.

The Tokes know this isn’t their only battle.

They are still pushing for change in the Ohio Statehouse.

The Reagan Tokes Act, which calls for drastically changing how violent felons are sentenced and how they’re watched through things like GPS once they’re released from prison, has overcome stalls in committee and ascended a slow climb through the legislature.

But the legislation, which has companion versions in both the House and Senate, must be passed before year’s end. Failure to do so would mean that the process would have to start over.

“It would be a shame as far as we’ve come to fall short of the finish line,” Toby Tokes said.

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Woman tells 911 operator she killed husband in self-defense

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 16:08

A Franklin County man is dead after his wife says she shot him in self-defense.

Thirty-eight-year-old Frank Caplinger was shot to death early Thursday morning in his home in Prairie Township.

This is the 911 call from Ohio Street at 3:27 a.m. Thursday morning:

"I need a squad at 2819 Ohio Street. I just had to shoot my husband for beating on me. He was beating me with a belt. Help me."

Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and found Frank Caplinger dead.

"My brother was a good man. He didn't deserve what he got," said Hassel Caplinger. "He was a family man, business-oriented. All around good guy."

That description is in sharp contrast to the 911 call, and years of court records obtained by 10TV.

"He was beating me and choking me, please. Send them out. I had to shoot him, please," said his wife on the 911 call.

"I don't believe that," said Hassel Caplinger.

Frank Caplinger had two open criminal cases - one for kidnapping and domestic violence against his wife from May of 2018.

The other for violating a protection order she had in place.

Caplinger's attorney and family point out his wife was the one in his home Thursday, not the other way around.

"She wasn't supposed to be here. She was here on her own free will," said Hassel Caplinger. "I feel if she was afraid that Frank was gonna take her life she wouldn't have been here. She has never stopped having contact with him since the protection order was put on him. She continued to come around. She continued to contact him. She was not afraid of Frank."

Sheriff's Office records show both Caplinger and his wife repeatedly accused each other of harassment and violating the stay-away order.

His wife isn't the only person to accuse him of violence.

His previous wife, two sisters, and three others have applied for protection orders and accused him of threats or violence dating back to 2002.

Still, his grieving family insists he did not deserve to die.

"I'd like to see justice," said Hassel Caplinger. "I think we all would. I'd like to see her be charged for what she's done. She murdered my brother, no doubt about it, and I'd like to see her in jail."

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office will only say the investigation continues, and that no one has been charged in Caplinger's death.

10TV was not able to reach his wife for comment.

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Holding Call: Browns delay naming Mayfield new starting QB

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:53

CLEVELAND (AP) — The beer-fueled bash spilled into the streets around FirstEnergy Stadium as delirious Browns fans walked — some staggered — while chanting for their new hero, the streak buster.

"Ba-ker May-field," they screamed.

They've named their new starting quarterback. Coach Hue Jackson isn't quite there yet.

Jackson said he isn't ready to "officially" identify his starter for next week's game in Oakland, but all signs point to Mayfield taking over in Cleveland following his dazzling NFL debut on Thursday night.

The No. 1 pick in this year's draft replaced concussed starter Tyrod Taylor late in the first half and led the Browns (1-1-1) on four scoring drives as they erased a two-touchdown deficit to beat the New York Jets 21-17 and end Cleveland's 19-game winless streak — the NFL's second longest since 1970.

Jackson seems to only be delaying the inevitable: Mayfield's the guy.

And if Jackson doesn't' pick the celebrated and uber-confident rookie, he won't have to jump in Lake Erie again. Browns fans will throw him in. This one's a no-brainer.

Jackson, who gave his players the weekend off, wants to watch more tape and speak with his staff and general manager John Dorsey before making a decision that Mayfield has already made for him.

Although Jackson wouldn't publicly say Mayfield is his new starter, he gave strong indication he's leaning that way by telling reporters on a conference call, "I think that you guys all feel good about where things are headed."

It's Baker time.

Out of respect for Taylor, who is in concussion protocol with his third head injury in 13 months, Jackson wants to tell his two quarterbacks his decision in person on Monday before sharing it with the world.

Cleveland's plan was to bring Mayfield along slowly and groom him under Taylor, who guided Buffalo to the playoffs last season. But Taylor's injury along with his struggles in three starts has altered the Browns' strategy.

Taylor has completed 41 of 84 passes for 462 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, adding 125 yards rushing on 16 carries.

But even before he was knocked from Thursday's game, Cleveland's offense was going nowhere as Taylor was 4 of 14 for 19 yards and was sacked three times. Jackson sidestepped addressing whether he was going to pull Taylor at halftime, but it had to be running through his mind because anyone watching the game was thinking the same thing.

Mayfield's first regular-season game as a pro couldn't have gone much better. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards and was sacked once in just a little more than one half. His stats could have been more impressive if not for a drop by sure-handed receiver Jarvis Landry, and rookie Antonio Callaway letting a long throw down the sideline slip through his hands.

"He made some tremendous throws," Jackson said. "Obviously, he was able to move the team. Played with some rhythm. Got the ball into the playmakers' hands and gave them chances to make plays. There are some things that he has to clean up, obviously. We can't have the ball out on the ground. There are some progression things that we will work through.

"Overall for his first game out under the lights in that environment in that situation, he handled all of that extremely well and played well."

Most impressively, Mayfield did it on a short work week and without taking any snaps in practice with Cleveland's first-team offense. In fact, the 2-point conversion try he caught in the third quarter came on the first time he had ever run the play.

But just as he did while winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma, Mayfield elevated everyone around him, and in turn electrified 60,000 fans and a national TV audience.

Mayfield took it all in stride, displaying humility that some wondered if he had after some questionable on-field antics while he starred for the Sooners. This game ranked with any of his wins.

"This one is definitely up there, being the first NFL game that I have played in," he said. "First regular-season one that actually counts. It is definitely up there for me. I have had some great memories, but I am just getting started."

NOTES: Other than Taylor, LB James Burgess (knee) was the only other notable injury against the Jets. Burgess started for LB Christian Kirksey, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. ... Jackson said he's not worried about giving his players so much freedom over the weekend. "We can't follow them around. We can't baby them," he said. "At the same time, we know who the guys are who we have to have an idea of where they are and what they have been doing. They have been good about letting us know, and we will definitely stay in contact with the majority of the guys."

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Columbus School Board member resigns, accused of sexual harassment by Statehouse colleagues

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:10

The Columbus Board of Education has announced that board member Dominic Paretti resigned Friday.

The announcement comes after a report that Paretti left his position as a legislative aide for Rep. Janine Boyd due to sexual harassment complaints.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, complaints were filed against Paretti by two female colleagues at the Ohio House of Representatives. The women claim Paretti sent them lewd, graphic text messages late at night on two different weekends.

The House Speaker’s office told 10TV that Paretti acknowledged he sent the texts during an interview.

Columbus Board of Education President Gary L. Baker II issued the following statement and added that district staff will not be providing additional comment at this time.

"Earlier this afternoon, Columbus Board of Education member Dominic Paretti submitted his resignation from his elected position, effectively immediately. No reason was specified in his letter of resignation, and there are no indications of any concerns related to his service in the District. Ohio Revised Code (ORC 3313.11) explains the process of replacing an elected member of a board of education. My colleagues and I will begin that process in a timely manner."

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Colin Kaepernick is Nike's $6 billion man

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:57

The heat Nike has taken over its controversial advertising campaign featuring former NFL start Colin Kaepernick seems to have had another effect: burnishing the iconic brand's appeal to investors.

Nike shares have surged 36 percent on the year, making the company the top performer on the Dow's index of 30 blue-chip stocks. The run-up includes a nearly 5 percent increase since Nike's Labor Day announcement that Kaepernick would be featured in its campaign, adding nearly $6 billion to the company's market value.

The stock continues to hover near an all-time high, which it reached in mid-September only weeks after some Nike customers publicly burned their shoes to express their displeasure at the new ad.

In afternoon trading Nike shares were up slightly to $85.67.

For Nike, the boost eases concerns about the decision to link its brand to the controversial Kaepernick, who in 2016 started kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest racial injustice.

Nike knows its consumer base, which skews younger, said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley RBR. "I don't think they just randomly decided to put this ad out, thinking, 'Let's commit political-correctness suicide'."

"People vote with their wallets, and the one clear winner in athletic apparel remains Nike," he said, comparing Nike to Apple in its ability to create demand by rolling out "must-have" products.

Nike did not return a request for comment on Kaepernick's compensation or whether it might be tied to the company's stock performance. But various media accounts peg his pay at millions a year, not bad for a football player no longer playing in the professional ranks.

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Ohio club loses liquor license after lap dances, drugs purchased with food stamps

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:53

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission has revoked the permit of a bar in Dayton when it closed Thursday night.

According to WHIO, agents began investigating Twenty Two Fifty Inc, also known as Sharkey’s, in May 2017.

During the investigation, agents were able to purchase lap dances and drugs using food stamp benefits.

Agents reportedly exchanged $2,404.87 in food stamps to purchase heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine, methamphetamines and lap dances.

Criminal charges were filed against employees and patrons for drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, aggravated shipment and distribution of heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and illegal sexual activity.

This is the second adult establishment liquor permit that has been revoked by the commission as a result of an investigation into food stamp and drug trafficking this year in the Dayton area. The Harem lost its license in May.

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First & 10: Central Ohio high school football scores | Week 5

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:26

First & 10 featured games:
Watch complete coverage Fridays at 11:15 p.m. on 10TV.

  • Pickerington Central at Hilliard Davidson
  • Dublin Jerome at Hilliard Darby
  • Delaware Hayes at Dublin Scioto
  • Dublin Coffman at Pickerington North
  • Olentangy Liberty at Groveport
  • Grandview at Bexley
  • Eastmoor at Walnut Ridge
  • East at Beechcroft
  • Covington Catholic at DeSales

This week's high school football scores from around central Ohio.
Matchups and scores will appear at the conclusion of each game.

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What to watch for in Meyer's return against Tulane

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, watching on TV at home while serving a suspension, got so worked up during the TCU game last week that he had to leave the room when the Buckeyes struggled.

"I only watched the good plays," Meyer said this week. "I couldn't take it. My daughter kept me updated."

Ohio State came from behind to beat then-No. 15 TCU in Dallas, giving Ryan Day a 3-0 record as acting head coach. Meyer will get to watch his No. 4 Buckeyes (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) from the sideline again Saturday when they host Tulane. He's now done with his university-imposed three-game suspension for mismanaging former assistant Zach Smith, who was accused of domestic violence and other bad behavior.

Meyer said this week he was "devastated" to be away from the players. Meyer said the worst was training camp, which began two days after the university put him on paid leave and launched the investigation.

"That's when you build your team, and that's why I stay in a hotel with them," he said. "It's very difficult."

Meyer said he was impressed with how his team operated without him, especially against TCU.

Players say Meyer will be ready to go Saturday.

"I expect a really hyped-up coach, a lot of excitement, a lot of energy, a lot of juice," quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. predicted.

Here are some other things to look for in Saturday's game:

BIG UNDERDOGS

The Green Wave (1-2) come in as five-touchdown underdogs, so it should be a happy homecoming for Meyer and another tune-up game for the Buckeyes before playing Penn State at Happy Valley next week.

"Really big team," Tulane coach Willie Fritz said of Ohio State. "They've got great speed on both sides of the ball, they don't make a lot of mistakes. They're really sound."

BOSA HURTING

Ohio State's All-American defensive end Nick Bosa will be out after suffering a groin/abdominal injury early in the third quarter against TCU. Meyer said Thursday Bosa has had surgery on a "core muscle" and will be out indefinitely.

DRE'MONT DIGGING IN

Not having to face one of the most elite defensive players in the nation might be an advantage for the Green Wave, right? Maybe, but they better take note of where tackle Dre'Mont Jones is lining up.

Jones was named Big Ten defensive player of the week for his performance against TCU. He intercepted a shovel pass and rumbled for a 28-yard touchdown that was part of a third-quarter scoring flurry that put Ohio State ahead to stay. He also had two tackles for losses, including a sack.

PROTECTING BANKS

The play of Tulane's senior quarterback Jonathan Banks has been encouraging, despite the team's inability to protect him and score late in their two losses this season.

Banks has completed 48 percent of his passes for 651 yards and five touchdowns. He leads AAC in passing yards per completion, averaging 17.6 yards. He has two or more touchdown passes three of his last five games.

The bad news: Banks was sacked six times by UAB and threw an interception, the first in his last 98 passing attempts. One of the fumbles was scooped and turned into a touchdown by the Blazers.

FIRST TIME IN THE 'SHOE

Fritz said he and his players are excited about their first visit to storied Ohio Stadium.

"I'm sure our guys will enjoy the atmosphere," he said. "Heck, I'm looking forward to it. It's a big venue, you always hear a lot about playing in the Horseshoe. You've got to soak it in for a little bit, and then it's over and you play between the white lines."

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