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Family, friends, local restaurant honor Celina man killed by tornado

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 15:12

CELINA - Melvin "Dale" Hanna had his very own spot at the Celina Bob Evans.

"He was here every morning at 7 o’clock," server Marsha Houston said. "He was our first customer every day. And he was waiting in the parking lot for us every day­­­­­­­­ ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­to unlock the doors.­­­­­­

Houston and fellow server Elena Beougher knew his order by heart - Country Biscuit Breakfast, eggs over hard, with home fries. He always had a water and coffee with creamer, too.

That's why Beougher could not help but to put out a cup of coffee on his table Wednesday morning. There also was a sign - In Loving Memory of Dale.

"He was the sweetest man you could ever meet. We called him sweet Dale. Yeah, sweet Dale, yeah," the servers said. "He always had a smile, even if he didn’t feel well. Just everyone, everyone loved Dale."

But Hanna's last day in the restaurant was Monday morning. Later that night, he was killed when a tornado swept a car into his home, where he was in bed sleeping.

"The pictures don’t show it," said Hanna's daughter, Diana Hanna. "I mean, there’s just no, I mean, the house is, it’s unbelievable. It’s unbelievable."

Diana Hanna and her older sister, Debra, are back in town for their father's funeral. The two are still wrapping their heads around what happened.

"He was a man that loved my mother immensely, and when mama passed five years ago, he missed her dearly," Debra Hanna said.

His daughters say Hanna was a man who loved construction and built several churches around Ohio. And they are taking comfort in the belief that their parents are now reunited.

"I think mom is saying, 'Dale, the pearly gates need adjustment and so, get your level out, it’s time to get to work,'" Diana Hanna joked.

Hanna's funeral is set for this weekend at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina.

Viewing is set for 9 a.m., with the service following at 11 a.m.

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Police searching for missing 14-year-old girl from Gahanna

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 15:02

GAHANNA, Ohio – Gahanna police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 14-year-old girl.

Police said Elizabeth Sowers left school early on May 28 and is believed to be in the area of Creekside Park and Olde Gahanna.

Sowers is 5-feet, 3-inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.

She has brown hair, brown eyes, and wears braces.

She was last seen wearing black leggings and a gray shirt but she may have changed her clothes.

If anyone has any information about Sowers, they are asked to call Gahanna police at 614-342-4240.

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Local electrical company says there aren't enough tradesmen compared to storm damage

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 14:51

Two days after strong storms hit central Ohio, a local electrical company is saying there are not enough tradesmen to repair damages when it comes to a large storm impacting many.

He said that goes for whether it's damages in Dayton or right here locally. They say it's an important job that takes time and safety precautions.

President of Jess Howard Electric Co., Jonathon Howard, said their company is devastated to see what is happening in Dayton. Howard, said even here locally, several houses with damages at once can take days to weeks to repair.

He said it's tedious work that has to be done correctly and sometimes, slowly because of safety measures. Howard said he understands why people want damages inside or outside of their homes to be done fast, but he said that's tough when there is a shortage of tradesmen available.

Project manager, Clint Servis, urges people to get repairs done by someone they can trust. He said his advice is to go to a licensed contractor after a large storm hits.

We took this to the Better Business Bureau who said they want people to be aware of, "storm chasers."

A spokesperson for the BBB said these are people who, "offer to pay local construction companies substantial amounts of money to use the business's established name, reputation and phone."

The spokesperson said scammers often times collect the insurance money and then move on, leaving the real businesses to fix the mess.

The BBB has advice when it comes to finding a company to repair damages, whether it's a licensed contractor or not a licensed contractor.

Their advice is to do research on the company, resist high-pressure sales, be cautious of door-to-door contractors and don't sign over insurance checks.

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Central Ohio organizations seeking donations for tornado victims

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 14:07

Central Ohio organizations are now in "recovery mode" as they have to deploy volunteers to assist families affected by tornadoes in Dayton and Celina.

"Some of what we are seeing in the area today is a lot destruction," said Capt Darell Houseton, with the Salvation Army. "And, folks who are trying to make the best of a situation cleaning out their yards trying to get what they can out of their homes that are still safe to enter into."

The Salvation Army has fed more than a thousand people in need.

"Right now we have four of our mobile feeding canteens that are out in different areas. Each canteen, there are 4 to 5 members. So, we are able to provide a hot meal. We're able to provide cold drinks. We're also able to provide cleaning products and tarps for the homes," Houseton explained.

The American Red Cross also sent volunteers to parts of the Midwest hit by the storm and flood waters. In all, the organization deployed more than 500 volunteers.

"We've now gone from the response phase into the recovery phase," said Jennifer Bowers with American Red Cross Ohio Buckeye Region. "So now, we're providing a lot of spiritual care, emotional support, talking to people about what it is they might need to be getting back on their feet. Our folks are going to be all over the Dayton area staying some in Celina to make sure people are all set."

Both organizations say the best way to help out is by donating monetary gifts.

To give to the Salvation Army: text STORM19 to 41444. To give to the American Red Cross, click here.

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New lawsuit against Ohio State involving Dr. Strauss includes former football players

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:46

Thirty-seven former Ohio State athletes have filed a lawsuit against the university involving Doctor Richard Strauss.

Strauss is the former Ohio State doctor accused of sexually abusing as many as 177 students during his two decades at the university.

Strauss died by suicide in 2005 and was never prosecuted for his alleged crimes.

Nearly all the names inside the new lawsuit are listed as John Does. Former wrestler Michael DiSabato was the only named plaintiff.

This lawsuit, filed by Dayton attorney Michael Wright, includes statements from football players who claim they repeatedly told team trainer Billy Hill about Strauss and "nothing was done."

John Doe No.10 played football from 1994 - 1998. The lawsuit states at some point during his time with the team, he "reported (Strauss') behavior to trainer Bill Hill. Hill did not inform John Doe No. 10 that Strauss' conduct was medically improper or sexually abusive."

Another football player, John Doe No.16, states "Strauss' groping and fondling upset him to the point he has not gotten another physical since 1992."

The lawsuit states members of the football team began to call Strauss " Dr. Drop Your Drawers" because of his "overly aggressive" physicals.

A majority of John Does in the new lawsuit were former football players. The rest are comprised of athletes from other sports including wrestling and swimming.

John Doe No.7 who swam for the school from 1980-1985 estimated Strauss sexually abused him "25 times out of 30 doctor's appointments."

John Doe No. 19, a wrestler from 1983-1994, is quoted in the lawsuit claiming he was "regularly propositioned in the showers of Larkins Hall by voyeurs and found notes in his locker room asking him to meet up for sex. When he complained to an assistant coach about the constant sexual harassment in Larkins Hall, he was told: 'grow up.'"

The lawsuit claims former wrestling coach Russ Hellickson "repeatedly complained to OSU administrators about the environment in Larkins Hall because the conditions seriously impacted the psyche and morale of his wrestlers."

Hellickson reportedly requested "a separate team shower area." The lawsuit says "OSU denied the request."

The lawsuit reports Hellickson, " begged to have the wrestling team moved to another building. The lawsuit says "OSU denied his request."

The lawsuit says "Larkins Hall became an unsafe space and sexually hostile environment for wrestlers and some other male athletes."

The lawsuit claims as early as 1979, officials "had information indicating Strauss posed a substantial risk of sexual abuse to male athletes...however OSU dismissed, disregarded, minimized, refuted, denied, silenced and even concealed complaints about Strauss sexual misconduct."

The lawsuit - like others - alleges that Ohio State turned a blind eye to the alleged abuse and that many of these student-athletes were subjected to prolonged genital exams by Strauss, which they deemed to be inappropriate.

At least fourteen of the former football players told the late trainer Billy Hill – who died in 1995 – that Strauss had abused them. The lawsuit alleges that Hill brushed off their concerns.

One athlete said he was asked by Strauss if he liked what Strauss was doing to him. Another said he got a genital exam when he sought treatment for a common cold.

This latest lawsuit was filed on the same day that a working group impaneled by Gov. Mike DeWine met hoping to learn what information the state medical board may have possessed on Dr. Richard Strauss – a former university physician accused of sexually abusing 177 students – and if the medical board did enough to investigate and act on Strauss.

The group met Wednesday morning for the first time. Only a portion of the meeting was open to reporters.

Chair Tom Stickrath, who also serves as the Director of the Department of Public Safety, said the group’s task has been defined by Gov. DeWine but that their responsibilities may grow as they begin to investigate the issues surrounding Dr. Richard Strauss. The working group has a report due on August 1.

“Did they withhold information… what should they have had, what did they have, what did (the state medical board) do with what they had, what should they have done,” Stickrath told reporters.

A university investigative group with Perkins & Coie, which was hired by Ohio State University, released a report this month finding that Strauss abused 177 students through his work as an athletic team physician and separately with his practice at the student health center.

The report also detailed that OSU knew about concerns with Strauss as early as 1979 but failed to act until 1996, when Strauss was removed from his role at the student health center after three students came forward in 1995 and 1996 claiming that their medical exams were inappropriate.

10TV reached out to the state medical board, which said it supports the efforts of the working group.

“The Medical Board supports the working group and is eager to provide whatever information the group may need to accomplish their stated objectives. The Medical Board has already provided the working group with the full and unredacted investigation files; the exact same files Ohio State received last year. The Medical Board stands ready to accept the analysis and results of the working group in order to continually improve processes and support its mission to protect the health and safety of Ohioans.”

To read the entire lawsuit, click here.

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More than 142,000 gallons of sewage, stormwater overflows into Lake Erie

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:31

Officials in northeast Ohio have issued a warning after raw sewage and stormwater overflowed into Lake Erie caused by the severe weather this week.

According to WOIO, The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District issued a public advisory for Edgewater Beach on Wednesday.

The storms led to an estimated 142,600 combined gallons of sewage and stormwater being discharged into the lake over a period of 15 minutes.

Visitors to Lake Erie, especially children, the elderly, and those in poor health, are temporarily urged to avoid coming in contact with the water.

You can check on the water quality of Lake Erie by clicking here.

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14-year-old arrested after gun threats against Finland Middle School near Grove City

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 11:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A 14-year-old has been charged after authorities said he made threats against Finland Middle School.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office was contacted Monday about the threats posted on social media.

According to Southwestern City School Officials, parents notified the district about the threats and classes were canceled on Tuesday.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said it was able to identify the student who created the post. He was arrested and taken to Franklin County Juvenile Detention.

The 14-year-old was charged with a felony count of inducing panic.

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Franklin County residents now have access to free golf

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:21

COLUMBUS - Golf can be both time-consuming and expensive but the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks are working to change that for Franklin County residents.

This month the Metro Parks updated their costs, now allowing all Franklin County residents to have free access to the 3-hole practice course and 9-hole learning course at Blacklick Woods Golf Course.

Carts, food and the 18-hole championship course will still cost residents but Metro Parks executive director, Tim Moloney tells 10TV they want more people to have the opportunity to take a swing at the sport.

“We think what we're doing here is pretty revolutionary,” Moloney said. “We know of only one other course in the United States that doesn't charge greens fees, and really, for a parks system like Metro Parks, what better way to pay back the Franklin County residents for what they do for each and every day? This is their course. They should be able to come out and play when they want.”

The change benefits people like Myles Shriver and his son André, who come to the practice course nearly every day.

“This place is already special, being a park,” Shriver said. “You’ve got the access to the animals, the wildlife. There’s no course like this anywhere.”

The opportunity not only helps the Shrivers work on their golf game, but it also helps build their father-son relationship.

“It’s also been a way for me to really make a connection with my son and spend some real quality time with him instead of just at home watching TV, which is what we would be doing,” Shriver said.

Aside from the updated costs, unlike most golf courses, Blacklick Woods is also a certified cooperative sanctuary by Audubon International, meaning the golf course safely coexists with the wildlife habitats around it.

“It’s a park first and foremost and the fact that they’re giving back to the community in that way speaks volumes about the people that run this place,” Shriver said

Check out the courses here.

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Trump pledges to help Ohio recover from devastating tornadoes

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:13

President Donald Trump has pledged to help Ohio recover from devastating tornadoes.

Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's office Wednesday provided an audio recording of Trump's call Tuesday as DeWine was touring hard-hit Trotwood with the city's mayor and other officials.

Trump told DeWine he saw "that you got hit very hard."

He asked DeWine if the damaging storms were a surprise, but DeWine credited the news media with "a very good job of telling us that this thing was coming." DeWine said people who didn't have basements took shelter in their bathtubs.

Trump said he didn't think of Ohio when he thought of tornadoes, but DeWine responded: "We get our share."

The Republican president said: "Whatever we have to do, we'll do. ... We'll take good care of you."

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Robert Mueller says special counsel probe did not exonerate President Trump

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 08:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday that charging President Donald Trump with a crime was "not an option" because of federal rules, but he used his first public remarks on the Russia investigation to emphasize that he did not exonerate the president.

"If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so," Mueller declared.

The special counsel's remarks stood as a pointed rebuttal to Trump's repeated claims that he was cleared and that the two-year inquiry was merely a "witch hunt." They also marked a counter to criticism, including by Attorney General William Barr, that Mueller should have reached a determination on whether the president illegally tried to obstruct the probe by taking actions such as firing his FBI director.

Mueller made clear that his team never considered indicting Trump because the Justice Department prohibits the prosecution of a sitting president.

"Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider," Mueller said. He said he believed such an action would be unconstitutional.

Mueller did not use the word 'impeachment," but said it was the job of Congress — not the criminal justice system — to hold the president accountable for any wrongdoing.

The special counsel's statement largely echoed the central points of his 448-page report, which was released last month with some redactions. But his remarks, just under 10 minutes long and delivered from a Justice Department podium, were extraordinary given that he had never before discussed or characterized his findings and had stayed mute during two years of feverish public speculation.

Mueller, a former FBI director, said Wednesday that his work was complete and he was resigning to return to private life.

His remarks underscored the unsettled resolution, and revelations of behind-the-scenes discontent, that accompanied the end of his investigation. His refusal to reach a conclusion on criminal obstruction opened the door for Barr to clear the president, who in turn has cited the attorney general's finding as proof of his innocence.

Trump, given notice Tuesday evening that Mueller would speak the next morning, watched on television. For weeks, he had been nervous about the possibility about the special counsel testifying before Congress, worried about the visual power of such a public appearance.

Shortly after Mueller concluded, the president who has repeatedly and falsely claimed that the report cleared him of obstruction of justice, tweeted a subdued yet still somewhat inaccurate reaction: "Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you"

While claiming victory, the tone of the president's tweet was a far cry from the refrain of "total exoneration" that has dominated his declarations.

Mueller has privately vented to Barr about the attorney general's handling of the report, while Barr has publicly said he was taken aback by the special counsel's decision to neither exonerate nor incriminate the president.

Under pressure to testify before Congress, Mueller did not rule it out. But he seemed to warn lawmakers that they would not be pulling more detail out of him. His report is his testimony, he said.

"So beyond what I have said here today and what is contained in our written work," Mueller said, "I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress."

Mueller's comments, one month after the public release of his report on Russian efforts to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, appeared intended to both justify the legitimacy of his investigation against complaints by the president and to explain his decision to not reach a conclusion on whether Trump had obstructed justice in the probe.

He described wide-ranging and criminal Russian efforts to interfere in the election, including by hacking and spreading disinformation — interference that Trump has said Putin rejected to his face in an "extremely strong and powerful" denial.

And Mueller called the question of later obstruction by Trump and his campaign a matter of "paramount importance."

Mueller said the absence of a conclusion on obstruction should not be mistaken for exoneration.

A Justice Department legal opinion "says the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing," Mueller said. That would shift the next move, if any, to Congress, and the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which would investigate further or begin any impeachment effort, commented quickly.

New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler said it falls to Congress to respond to the "crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far discouraged members of her caucus from demanding impeachment, believing it would only help Trump win re-election and arguing that Democrats need to follow a methodical, step by step approach to investigating the president. But she hasn't ruled it out.

On the Republican side, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that Mueller "has decided to move on and let the report speak for itself. Congress should follow his lead."

Trump has blocked House committees' subpoenas and other efforts to dig into the Trump-Russia issue, insisting Mueller's report has settled everything.

The report found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to tip the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor. But it also did not reach a conclusion on whether the president had obstructed justice.

Barr has said he was surprised Mueller did not reach a conclusion on obstruction, though Mueller in his report and again in his statement Wednesday said he had no choice. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided on their own that the evidence was not sufficient to support a criminal charge.

Barr, who is currently in Alaska for work and was briefed ahead of time on Mueller's statement, has said he asked Mueller during a March conversation if he would have recommended charging Trump "but for" the Office of Legal Counsel opinion, and that Mueller said "no."

"Under longstanding department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office," Mueller said. "That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view that, too, is prohibited."

Mueller, for his part, earlier complained privately to Barr that he believed a four-page letter from the attorney general summarizing the report's main conclusions did not adequately represent his findings. Barr has said he considered Mueller's criticism to be a bit "snitty."

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Police: 13-year-old arrested in connection to shooting death of 14-year-old in Columbus

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 22:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police have arrested a 13-year-old in connection to the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy in east Columbus last week, sources told 10TV.

Jaykwon Sharp was shot and killed not far from Shady Lane Elementary on May 22.

Police said the shooting happened after Peyton and Sharp got into an argument.

Sources told 10TV 13-year-old Juano Peyton wanted in the case was arrested Tuesday night.

Police confirmed the arrest Wednesday via Twitter:

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED: 13yo Juano Peyton (M/B) was arrested late last night in front of his attorney’s office in Columbus. https://t.co/tDZNBhaczk

— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) May 29, 2019

Payton has been charged with murder.

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Joe Biden speaks at LGBTQ group's fundraising gala in Ohio

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 15:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden delivered the keynote address at an LGBTQ civil rights group's Ohio fundraising gala.

The Human Rights Campaign's Columbus Dinner was Saturday at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University campus.

The group's president calls Biden "a strong and visible ally to the LGBTQ community" in the fight for "full federal equality." Chad Griffin says Biden was the first sitting vice president to support marriage equality.

Pete Buttigieg, a rival Democratic presidential contender, described publicly coming out as a gay man at the organization's gala in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Democrats are courting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender voters as Republican President Donald Trump has moved to reverse recent gains they've seen in areas including the military, housing, education and insurance coverage.

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