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Paraplegic man killed by police; father faces drug charges

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 17:54

HARBESON, Del. — A paraplegic man who was shot and killed by Delaware troopers executing a search warrant at his home had a long criminal history that included convictions for drug trafficking, robbery and resisting arrest, court records show.

Delaware State Police said Wednesday that Robert Knox, 50, of Harbeson was lying in bed and reached for a handgun while troopers were in the home early Tuesday. A struggle over the weapon followed and two troopers fired their weapons at Knox, who later died at a hospital.

The incident is being investigated by the state police homicide unit.

Knox's father, Andrew A. Knox, 82, was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and maintaining a drug property. He was released on $13,000 unsecured bail. A defense attorney who is expected to represent Knox said Wednesday that he was waiting to hear back from the family.

State police said Wednesday that Knox's arrest followed a three-week long drug investigation in southern Delaware that also resulted in the arrest of Andrew Ayers, 54. Ayers, who was arrested at a house in Milton, was being held on $100,200 secured bond.

Police said they recovered four handguns at the Knox residence, along with about 1.8 pounds (815.8 grams) of powder cocaine, 2.6 pounds (1,196.9 grams) of marijuana, 2.4 ounces (68.2 grams) of crystal methamphetamine, and 1.8 ounces (51.9 grams) of crack cocaine.

At the house in Milton, officer seized about 14 ounces (395.6 grams) of marijuana, along with crack cocaine and a loaded handgun. Ayers is facing drug delivery and gun charges. It was not immediately clear whether he has lawyer.

The elder Knox has previous convictions for possession with intent to sell drugs, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, burglary, theft and conspiracy.

Robert Knox was convicted of drug possession in 2015. He was convicted in 2003 of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a narcotic, reckless endangering and resisting arrest. He was also convicted of cocaine trafficking and conspiracy in 1994, and on robbery charges in 1988 and 1989.

According to a newspaper article at the time, Knox and his father were arrested in February 2003 after police found drugs and guns in the father's home. According to the article, Robert Knox tried to flee the scene in a car, driving toward police officers, two of whom shot at the car in self-defense.

Juanita Knox, Andrew's estranged wife, said she had spoken to him Tuesday, but she did not provide any other details.

"I really don't know the ins and outs of it yet," she said when asked about the shooting.

Knox said her son was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident in 2013.

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Ex-medical examiner gets 8 years in opioids-for-sex case

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 17:28

ATLANTA — A highly regarded former Georgia medical examiner has been sentenced to serve eight years in prison for trading opioid prescriptions for sex in what former colleagues say is a sad and shocking turn for a man they knew as an ethical and dedicated public servant.

A forensic pathologist and former medical examiner, Joseph Burton, 73, handled cases from seven metro Atlanta counties, including some of the region's most high-profile murders.

Burton and seven others were indicted on conspiracy charges in February. Prosecutors say Burton, who had a medical expert consulting business but didn't see patients, wrote more than 1,500 prescriptions from July 2015 to August 2017 without a legitimate medical purpose.

Burton wrote many of the prescriptions to women in exchange for sexual favors, and he was aware that many of the recipients sold or bartered the prescriptions and pills, prosecutors said. Once he knew the Drug Enforcement Administration was investigating him, he tried to falsify records, prosecutors said.

Burton pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to illegally distribute drugs. Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross for a 14-year sentence, while Burton's attorney asked for less than four years.

Ross, who previously served as a homicide prosecutor, said she has great respect and appreciation for the work that medical examiners do. She said she took into account Burton's health and his past work in giving him a sentence below the guidelines.

Burton's stunning fall is largely the result of a massive stroke he suffered in 2010 that damaged his brain's frontal lobe, his lawyer Buddy Parker said. A doctor's report submitted to the court says Burton suffers from mild vascular neurocognitive disorder, impairing his executive functions, which include "taking the time to think before acting, resisting temptations, and staying focused."

Although he knew what he was doing was wrong, he couldn't control his behavior, Parker wrote in a court filing: "Burton's moral compass has been destroyed by cardiovascular disease."

Burton briefly addressed the court before he was sentenced, apologizing and saying he doesn't know why he did what he did.

"I failed everybody, including myself," he said.

Prosecutors argued that his continued professional activity following the stroke contradicted his claims of reduced mental capacity. He continued to practice as a forensic pathologist, owning and operating his own business and testifying on complex matters in hundreds of cases, prosecutors said. He billed $45,000 per case or $500 an hour for his services.

Parker submitted a dozen character letters written by former district attorneys, defense attorneys and others who worked with Burton. They describe him as brilliant, fair and professional, with many saying he was among the best expert witnesses they ever encountered.

Prosecutor John DeGenova argued that all of those people knew him in a limited professional capacity years ago. Burton, he said, thought that "his reputation, his stature and his intellect would keep him from having to deal with these consequences."

Parker argued that Burton's past contributions mattered and noted that Burton's behavior had already cost him everything.

"He's lost his medical license. He's lost his practice. He's lost his reputation as one of the greatest pathologists in this country," Parker said.

One of his greatest contributions was in the recognition and diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome, work that led to laws in Georgia and other states that require autopsies whenever there is no obvious cause of death for a child, former DeKalb County district attorney J. Tom Morgan wrote in a letter.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter recalled that Burton's testimony and expertise helped secure the conviction of Charles Thomas White III even though no body had been found. Burton's "walk through of the work up of the crime scene was integral to convincing the jury that the victim was dead and had died at the scene," Porter wrote.

Burton also worked on the infamous Atlanta child murders case, investigating the killings of black boys and young men from 1979 to 1981.

Some of the letters described a string of tragedies — the 1987 stabbing death of his only son, his stroke and a serious automobile accident — that took a tremendous toll on him. Some recalled recent interactions that left them surprised and saddened at his diminished state. Most of the letter writers said they were unable to reconcile the man they knew with the behavior that landed him in court.

Burton pleaded guilty in July to similar charges in Cobb County and still faces charges in Cherokee County.

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Chief Wahoo protester sentenced in theft of federal funds earmarked for Native Americans

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 17:02

CLEVELAND — A man who has held protests saying the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo mascot is racist has been sentenced in federal court for stealing money from federal grants aimed at helping Native Americans.

Robert Roche received four months in prison followed by four months of home confinement on Wednesday. A judge ordered him to pay $77,000 in restitution, the amount he was accused of stealing.

The 71-year-old Roche, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from programs receiving federal funds in May.

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement the money Roche stole was intended for mental health and wellness programs.

Roche's attorney wasn't immediately available for comment.

Major league baseball announced in January that Chief Wahoo will be removed from players' uniforms starting next year.

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Prison mass-exposure emergency sends hospital into disaster response mode

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 16:18

Wednesday's mass-exposure emergency at Ross Correctional Institution forced nearby Adena Medical Center into "Code Yellow" disaster response mode.

It was an extraordinary emergency both in terms of the number of patients rushing to the hospital at once -- two dozen in all.

On top of that, there was the danger of contamination and exposure to the hospital and staff.

"The sickest folks that were exposed to the substance came in unconscious and not breathing," Adena Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Kirk Tucker said. "So they couldn't control their airway. The less ill, if you could call it that, had nausea, a lot of them were very sweaty, lightheaded. They would describe heaviness in the arms and legs and numbness in their hands and feet."

Tucker says the symptoms indicated exposure to a massively toxic opioid, possibly Fentanyl.

"What you're dealing with is something with minimal contact -- you reach and touch a surface and touch your eye, you're absorbing that stuff. And its potency is tremendous."

It required extreme caution, and prompted the hospital to activate its emergency command center, and disaster response mode.

"The physician leading the charge actually had a ventilator hood with a filter and pump on his back, and he met folks at the door. The people arriving to us for care were decontaminated at entry. So they basically went through a shower fully clothed, shoes on before they could come into the emergency department for care."

Tucker says the state health department rushed in 600 doses of Narcan, the treatment that stops an overdose.

Leaving the hospital required a triple-shower decontamination process.

"We were on essentially a lockdown -- you're not allowed to leave the ER until you were decontaminated. Because, obviously, we're concerned about their homes, their cars, their families ... and the other folks here in our hospital. This was a very serious event today and it involved a lot of people, but I can tell you right now, this could have been a lot worse. The rapid response of the staff there at the correctional institution, first responders and then the ER being ready for what they were about to receive, at this volume, all at once, probably saved a life or two today."

One patient, the prisoner, has been admitted to the hospital.

One other person is being held for observation.

Both are expected to be OK.

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Watchdog report shows Ross Correctional Institution needed to address drugs inside prison

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 15:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WBNS) – State inspectors with a prison watchdog group found that the Ross Correctional Institution needed to improve its control of illegal substances coming into the prison, according to a 2016 report reviewed by 10 Investigates.

That 2016 report provides a window into the prison and may be of high interest after 29 people, including an inmate, guards and nurses were treated Wednesday for symptoms of overdoses after being exposed to an unknown substance at the RCI, a state prison in Chillicothe.

Most were treated or released from an area hospital.

Synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil carry an exposure risk that can lead to an overdose with human contact.

The 2016 report was issued by the Correctional Institutional Inspection Committee, a state watchdog group for correctional facilities.

The report noted that in 2015, more than 10 percent of the inmates tested positive for an illegal substance, which was significantly more in comparison to 2014.

The same report also found that the percentage of inmates who tested positive in 2015 was the highest in the state that year.

Inmates there tested positive for drugs like marijuana and Suboxone, which is designed to help ween heroin users off opiates.

The same year of the report, inspectors noted that Ross Correctional Institution also tested more inmates than other Ohio prisons "indicating the institution is working to identify inmates who are participating in the use of illegal substances.”

The CIIC noted that there is a 2017 inspection but it has not been made public. 10 Investigates is requesting a copy.

The problem with illegal substances like drugs coming into correctional facilities isn't new -- but it has evolved amid the country's opioid crisis.

In July, 10 Investigates found that 40 of Ohio's 88 county jails have purchased body scanners in an effort to stop illegal contraband like fentanyl or heroin from entering correctional facilities. Several counties like Fayette, Franklin and Montgomery – to name a few – have had inmates die from suspected overdoses while in jail.

The body scanner devices work like x-ray machines to scan incoming inmates who might be trying to smuggle drugs into a correctional facility.

When it comes to the number of Ohio state prisons with body scanners - the numbers drop.

State health department records show only the WORTH Center in Lima and the Pickaway Correctional Institution are listed as having body scanners.

Calls and emails placed to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction seeking clarity and updated information were not returned.

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Lab: 13 pounds of white powder seized is sugar, not fentanyl

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 15:09

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff's office thought it made a huge drug bust, seizing 13 pounds of fentanyl worth $2 million on the street. The powder was found in a home along with other drugs and paraphernalia. A field test indicated it was the powerful opioid, justifying a host of charges against three suspects.

Most of those charges soon evaporated when a state lab concluded that whatever the powder was, it wasn't fentanyl.

The sheriff's office then sent the powder to a private lab, and the results arrived this week.

New Hanover Sheriff's Lt. Jerry Brewer tells WECT-TV that the powder seized in July includes no illicit ingredients, and is nothing more than "a combination of simple and complex carbohydrates." In other words, sugar, worth about $8 at the grocery store.

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Columbus Zoo hosting hiring events to fill seasonal job openings

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 13:48

POWELL, Ohio – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is hosting several hiring events to fill seasonal openings.

The zoo is hiring for positions in areas including retail, security, food and beverage, rides and maintenance.

SCHEDULE OF HIRING EVENTS

Seasonal Job Fair: Thursday, September 6 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Zoo’s Lakeside Pavilion

Retail Open Interviews: Thursdays in September (Sept. 13, 20, 27) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Zoo’s Junior Zookeeper Gift Shop

Rides and Attractions Open Interviews: Tuesdays in September (Sept. 4, 11, 18, and 25) from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The Zoo says they are offering a special fall bonus to team members working in rides and food and beverage. Rides employees can earn a $1 bonus for every hour worked if the employees work 100 hours between Sept. 3 and Oct. 28. Additionally, they can receive a $100 sign-on bonus if they are hired by Sept. 15 and work 200 hours by Dec. 15.

Food and beverage employees will have the opportunity to earn a $2 bonus for every hour worked between Aug. 19 and Nov. 3. In order to receive this benefit, food and beverage team members must work at least 100 hours through the week of Oct. 28. The bonus will be paid to qualifying team members after Nov. 3.

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Browns linebacker Kendricks charged with insider trading

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 13:44

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been charged with using insider trading tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki was paid $10,000 in kickbacks in the scheme from 2014-2015, as well as perks like tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games and tagging along to a music video shoot or nightclub appearances, said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. Kendricks won the Super Bowl with the Eagles last season before signing with the Browns in June.

Sonoiki had been working as a junior analyst at an unnamed investment bank in New York, prosecutors said. An IMDB profile lists him as a writer on the popular TV series "Black-ish" as well as other movies and TV shows.

In a statement released by his lawyer Wednesday, Kendricks said he was sorry and takes full responsibility for his actions.

"While I didn't fully understand all of the details of the illegal trades, I knew it was wrong, and I wholeheartedly regret my actions," he said in the statement. He also claimed he didn't take any of the profits for himself but didn't elaborate on where the money went.

"I am committed to repaying all of the funds gained illegally and accept the consequences of my actions," he said.

Kendricks said he has been cooperating with authorities since the investigation began.

McSwain declined to say when the investigation started, saying those details would come out in court.

The Browns didn't know the extent of Kendricks' involvement in the federal investigation when they signed him to a one-year, $2.25 million contract, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. The person said the team was under the impression that Kendricks was not the focus of the probe or had done anything illegal.

Kendricks could face further discipline from the team, including potential dismissal. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

A message seeking comment from the federal defender representing Sonoiki wasn't immediately returned.

McSwain along with representatives from the FBI and the Securities Exchange Commission— which filed a separate complaint — said Kendricks and Sonoiki used coded language in messages to try to hide their actions. McSwain said Sonoiki, who had limited trading powers at the time, would gave non-public information to Kendricks about acquisitions and other deals that would affect the price of securities for at least four different companies.

Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, said in one message when Sonoiki was asking for payment, he told Kendricks that he liked Philadelphia bread used in cheesesteaks more than the bread in New York and asked that Kendricks bring him some.

They also had a conversation pretending to be talking about changing the number on Kendricks' jersey to 80, meant to signify the amount of money that should be deposited into a new trading account, she said.

If the men are convicted, they could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $5.25 million as well as the seizure of any profits made from the insider trading.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league is reviewing the situation.

The Browns said in a statement they are aware of the charges and said Kendricks will not travel with the team to Detroit on Thursday for the game against the Lions.

The Browns signed Kendricks as a free agent in June, bringing on the Super Bowl winner to upgrade their linebacker corps following an 0-16 season. Kendricks spent six years with the Eagles, who drafted him in the second round in 2012 after he played at California.

The 5-foot-11, 240-pounder recorded a team-high eight tackles in last season's NFC Championship against Minnesota and had four in Philadelphia's Super Bowl win.

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Blood pressure drug recalled over potentially life-threatening label mix-up

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:54

A potentially life-threatening label mix-up has led to a nationwide recall of a high blood pressure medication, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Accord Healthcare Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of 12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide tablets after a 100-count bottle of the drug was found to contain 100 tablets of another drug, spironolactone.

Both medications are used to treat high blood pressure, but the FDA warns that taking spironolactone instead of hydrochlorothiazide could pose the risk of hyperkalemia, or an unsafe increase in potassium levels, in some people. This can result in "adverse events that range from limited health consequences to life-threatening situations in certain individuals," the FDA said in a statement.

So far, Accord has received no reports of anyone getting sick.

The company became aware of the mix-up through a complaint reported from a pharmacy.

Only a single lot of the drug, labeled PW05264, is being recalled.

"Based on findings of both preliminary and interim investigations carried out at the manufacturing site, Accord believes that no other lots of Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets are involved in this mix-up," the FDA says.

Accord is reaching out to wholesalers, distributors and retailers by letter and is arranging for return of all recalled products.

The hydrochlorothiazide tablets are light orange to peach colored, round, and debossed with an "H" on one side and a "1" on another side.

If the tablets in a bottle of Accord hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg do not match this description, or if consumers are unsure, they should return to their pharmacy or health care provider for confirmation, the FDA said.

Consumers or pharmacies with questions regarding this recall can contact Accord Healthcare, Inc. by phone at 1-855-869-1081 or e-mail at rxrecalls@inmar.com.

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Coroner reports spike in overdose deaths in Columbus over 12-hour period

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:33

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office has seen a surge in overdose deaths over a 12-hour period in Franklin County.

Between the hours of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 12:44 a.m. Wednesday there were five apparent overdose deaths located in the south and southwestern area of Columbus.

The coroner's toxicology team is conducting testing to confirm if the overdose deaths are fentanyl-related.

The coroner urges Franklin County residents with family or friends that might be at risk for an overdose, please take the necessary steps to have Naloxone available for them.

The general public can obtain naloxone at any pharmacy without a prescription at a cost or with health insurance.

Franklin County Public Health along with Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) will also provide free naloxone with a brief training.

To locate these sites please visit: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/projectdawn.

Other distributors of naloxone can be found through the Columbus Public Health website: https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147486631.

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Person working near power lines dies after electrocution in east Columbus

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:06

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One person is dead after an electrocution incident in east Columbus on Wednesday.

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said a member of a small company was working on a tree near a power line in the 6000 block of Forestview Drive.

A tree limb hit a power line just after 1 p.m., Martin said.

The name of the person who died has not been released.

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Guatemalan mom to sue U.S. after baby treated at ICE facility dies weeks later

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:03

A Guatemalan mother who says her baby died after falling ill in a Texas immigration facility is planning to sue the U.S. government. Border agents apprehended Yazmin Juarez, 20, and 19-month-old Mariee in March after they entered the U.S. seeking asylum. Juarez blames inadequate medical care for her baby's death six and half weeks later.

Juarez fled Guatemala with her daughter because she feared for their safety, but she never imagined her dream of coming to the U.S. would end like this. Now she's seeking not only millions of dollars in a series of lawsuits, but justice for her only child, reports CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal.

"She had an amazing smile and chubby cheeks. She had never had any serious medical conditions or chronic medical conditions of any kind. She was a healthy kid," said Stanton Jones, Juarez's lawyer.

Lawyers said medical staff at ICE's South Texas Family Residential Center examined and cleared Mariee for custody in March. Jones said within days, the toddler developed a respiratory infection after sharing a room with other children, some of whom were sick.

"What started with a cough and congestion and runny nose, turned into intermittent fevers ... sometimes spiking as high as over 104 degrees," Jones said.

Juarez's lawyers said medical staff prescribed an antibiotic, Tylenol, and honey among other treatments, but Mariee's health continued to decline.

"The medical care that Mariee received inside Dilley was woefully inadequate, neglectful and substandard," Jones said.

Legal papers filed Tuesday say Mariee was still sick when she and her mother were released to live with family in New Jersey. Hours later, the child was admitted to the hospital. Six and a half weeks later, Mariee died.

"It was unimaginably painful for Yazmin," Jones said.

Lawyers said Mariee suffered irreversible brain and organ damage. ICE declined to comment on Mariee's case due to the pending litigation. But in a statement the agency said it "takes very seriously the health, safety and welfare of those in our care ... including providing access to necessary and appropriate medical care."

"To Yazmin justice means more than just money," Jones said, adding, "Nothing can ever bring her daughter back … but she wants to make sure that this never happens again."

Lawyers for Juarez are preparing multiple lawsuits. The first seeks $40 million in damages from an Arizona city, which serves as the government's prime contractor for the Dilley, Texas center. Lawyers for the city did not respond to our request for comment.

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Homeless Samaritan suing couple who raised funds to help him

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:58

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A homeless man whose selfless act of using his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia got him worldwide attention is suing the couple who led a $400,000 fundraising campaign to help him.

Johnny Bobbitt says he's concerned that Mark D'Amico and Katie McClure have mismanaged a large part of the donations raised for him on GoFundMe . The New Jersey couple denies the claims, saying they're wary of giving Bobbitt large sums because they feared he would buy drugs.

Bobbitt's lawsuit contends the couple committed fraud by taking money from the fundraising campaign for themselves. He's seeking undisclosed damages, and his lawyers want a judge to appoint someone to oversee the account.

A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for Thursday.

McClure set up the online fundraiser page as a way to give back to Bobbitt, who came to her aid when she ran out of gas on an Interstate 95 exit ramp late one night. It raised more than $400,000 in funds donated by more than 14,000 people.

Bobbitt walked a few blocks to buy McClure gas. She didn't have money to repay him at the time, but sought him out days later to give him the money, and visited him a few more times to bring food and water. They later appeared on shows like "Good Morning America" and were interviewed by the BBC.

But the relationship has since gone sour.

Christopher C. Fallon, one of Bobbitt's lawyers, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the legal action was taken after D'Amico ignored multiple requests for a full accounting of the money raised by the GoFundMe campaign.

"He's really left us with no choice but to go forward," said Fallon, one of two pro bono lawyers from Cozen O'Connor in Philadelphia whom Bobbitt retained last week.

McClure and D'Amico have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing or misusing any of the money. D'Amico has said Bobbitt spent $25,000 in less than two weeks in December on drugs, in addition to paying overdue legal bills and sending money to his family.

The couple also bought Bobbitt a camper with some of the funds and parked it on land McClure's family owns in Florence. But Bobbitt became homeless again after D'Amico told him in June that he had to leave the property.

During an appearance Monday on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" show, D'Amico told Kelly there was well over $150,000 left of the donations.

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Indiana couple weds at "A League of Their Own" stadium

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:27

HUNTINGBURG, Ind. — Two baseball fans have tied the knot at a southern Indiana baseball stadium that was featured in the 1992 movie "A League of Their Own."

Kristopher Weisheit and Brittany Birk took their vows Saturday at home plate in League Stadium in Huntingburg. Their groomsmen and bridesmaids lined up along the first and third baselines.

The (Jasper) Herald reports that the wedding was the first ever held at League Stadium. Maintenance foreman Dale Payne says he's "surprised that nobody had asked before then."

Kristopher Weisheit and Brittany Birk took their vows Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, from home plate at League Stadium in Huntingburg, Ind. (Nic Antaya/The Herald via AP)

The venue was the home stadium to the Rockford Peaches in the 1992 movie about a women's baseball league during World War II, starring Tom Hanks and Madonna.

It is in this movie that Hanks, playing team manager Jimmy Duggan, yells the immortal line: "There's no crying in baseball!"

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24 at Ross Correctional Institution treated for possible overdose; exposed to unknown substance

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 08:27

CHILLICOTHE -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting several guards and inmates have been exposed to an unknown substance at Ross Correctional Institution.

Troopers tell 10TV that 24 people -- including inmates, guards and staff -- are being treated for a possible overdose. Troopers say the facility is safe and there is no threat to public safety.

UPDATE: @OSHP now says 24 transported to hospital. Conflicting numbers on how many guards/staff/inmates. https://t.co/YCcivXXTo6

— Glenn McEntyre (@Glenn10TV) August 29, 2018

The incident has been contained to one cell block and HAZMAT has been called.

Adena Regional Medical Center confirms they are treating patients. The hospital says it is on code yellow due to an influx of patients into the emergency room.

Union-Scioto Schools are adjacent to the prison and say they are on lockdown.

SR 104 was shut down as crews responded to the scene. It has since reopened.

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

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Columbus airport launches nonstop service to Seattle

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 08:10

COLUMBUS -- John Glenn Columbus International Airport is launching daily nonstop service to Seattle on March 7th, the airport announced Wednesday.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Alaska Airlines to John Glenn International," said Columbus Regional Airport Authority President & CEO Joseph Nardone. "Securing nonstop flights to Seattle has been a top priority for us to better serve the increasing volume of passengers traveling between Columbus and Seattle. Now, thanks to Alaska, these passengers can save valuable time while experiencing the airline's friendly and relaxed style."

Alaska Airlines is one of the most popular U.S. West Coast air carriers, according to the airport.

This is Alaska Airlines first Ohio location. The airport said it comes at a time when business ties between the two regions are flourishing.

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Final farewells to Sen. John McCain begin at Arizona Capitol

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:36

PHOENIX (AP) — Family, friends and constituents will gather Wednesday at Arizona's Capitol to pay their respects to Sen. John McCain, the first of two days of services here before he departs the state he has represented since the 1980s.

A private ceremony will be held Wednesday morning at the Arizona State Capitol Museum rotunda, where McCain will lie in state. That ceremony will include remarks from Gov. Doug Ducey and former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, plus a benediction from Sen. Jeff Flake. It will also mark the first appearance of McCain's family members since the longtime Arizona senator died of brain cancer on Saturday at age 81.

Later that afternoon, the Capitol will be open to members of the public who want to pay their respects. The viewing will go on as long as people are waiting in line, Rick Davis, McCain's former presidential campaign manager, said Monday.

For some Arizona residents, McCain has been a political fixture in the state for their entire lives. He took office in Arizona in the early 1980s, first as a congressman and then as a senator in the seat once held by Sen. Barry Goldwater.

Crews spent the past several days prepping the Capitol for the visitors, hauling in chairs, cleaning up the building and assembling dozens of flags. McCain is the third person to lie in state in the rotunda in the last 40 years; others were Arizona State Senator Marilyn Jarrett in 2006 and Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, a Tucson resident, in 1980.

Thursday morning will see a procession through Phoenix on the way to a memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church, with the public invited to line the route along Interstate 17.

The memorial service will see multiple tributes, readings and musical performances, including a tribute from former Vice President Joe Biden. Musical choices include a performance of "Amazing Grace" by the Brophy Student Ensemble and a recessional to "My Way" by Frank Sinatra.

From there, McCain will depart Arizona for the last time from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Another viewing will be at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, with a final memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral.

A website laying out details for the services says to send any flowers to a local VA hospital.

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1 killed, 2 injured in southwest Ohio crash

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:12

DAYTON, Ohio — Authorities in southwestern Ohio say a crash has killed an 18-year-old woman and injured two others.

Eighteen-year-old Makenna Blanding was killed Tuesday in Warren County's Wayne Township when she drifted into another lane on U.S. Route 42 and struck an SUV driven by 42-year-old Daniel Harvey, of Xenia.

Blanding was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, 25-year-old Kylee Blanding, was taken to Atrium Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Harvey was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

An investigation continues.

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Harry and Meghan's wedding outfits to go on public display

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:07

LONDON — The outfits Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wore at their wedding are to go on public display later this year at the ceremony's venue, Windsor Castle.

Royal fashion fans will be able to get a close look at the bride's silk Givenchy wedding dress and 16-foot veil, as well as the diamond-and-platinum tiara loaned to Meghan by Queen Elizabeth II.

There will also be a copy of the frock-coat uniform of the Blues and Royals regiment that Harry wore for the May 19 service, which was watched by millions around the world.

The exhibition "A Royal Wedding: The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex" will be at Windsor Castle from Oct. 26 to Jan. 6, and at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland, from June 14 to Oct. 6, 2019.

Categories: Ohio News

Central Ohio authorities captured escaped inmate in less than 2 hours

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 05:16

An inmate who broke out of the Ohio State Rehabilitation Correctional Facility in south Columbus has been captured.

Robert Walters escaped from the facility on Harmon Road around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

Franklin County Sheriff Office says it took less than two hours to find Walters.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Columbus Police and Ohio State Highway Patrol helped find Walters.

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:

Around midnight an inmate, Robert Walters, escaped from the Ohio State Rehab Correctional Facility on Harmon Rd. in West Columbus. Thanks to a coordinated effort between FCSO, @ColumbusPolice and @OSHP, the escapee was back in custody in less than 2 hrs! pic.twitter.com/2i8DDpFRK3

— Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (@OHFCSO) August 29, 2018

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