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Local 3D printing company creating, donating toy robots to Toys for Tots

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 18:49

COLUMBUS, Ohio - IC3D is creating and donating 150 toy robots to children in need this Christmas.

Matt Organiscak is the company's COO and what they're doing, he says, is a first; 3D printing toys to be given to Toys for Tots, which will then be given to children this holiday season.

"We're going to actually get to make some 3D printed things that are going to go out in the world and do something, which I think is pretty fun," he said.

And, why not? After all, they say, "Tis the season."

"Yeah," Sean Rinna said. "That's what they say and it proves it's true."

Rinna is IC3D's online community manager. He works with builders in Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Maryland and Kentucky who have agreed to donate time and machine to help print the toy robots. IC3D sends the supplies to the builders, they print them and then ship them back.

This material, polymer, is used for 3D printing. IC3D is shipping this to builders in different states to help with printing the robots.

"It's mind-blowing, actually," Rinna said.

Mind-blowing to look at the detail and the points of articulation on each of the robots, which come in blue, green, yellow and red colors.

"They're very impressive," Organiscak said. "Even I'm pretty surprised and this is what we do all day every day."

Each robot takes three hours to print. Organiscak says each of the 150 robots are valued at $10 each, which means companies are giving up more than $1,500 in supplies.

"It's pretty cool to think this is going to hit a hundred other kids and it's going to impact a hundred other kids for potentially the rest of their lives, remembering a toy they got when they were a kid," he said.

It's all for children who aren't even expecting to get a gift.

"When somebody gives you a toy or gives you something and you weren't expecting it, it's real awesome," Rinna said. "It's a good feeling."

Organiscak says the toys will be donated at Rickenbacker Airport, Friday, for Toys for Tots.

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FDA warning after erectile dysfunction drugs found in e-cigarette liquids

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:54

You might want to be careful with your e-cigarette, especially if you're a guy.

In October, the FDA issued a warning letter to HelloCig over two e-liquids containing tadalafil and sildenafil. Those are the main ingredients in erectile dysfunction drugs.

The FDA says by not labeling the e-liquids with those ingredients, there is a risk to people with erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure, heart disease and other conditions.

"These FDA-approved prescription drugs are not approved for inclusion in e-liquid products sold over the counter and are therefore being sold illegally," the FDA put in its warning letter.

At last report from the FDA, HelloCig had not responded to the warning letter and did not respond to a request Wednesday by Eyewitness News.

The FDA reported there had been no adverse effects reported, but said consumers should stop using the e-liquid immediately.

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Man driving stolen Meals on Wheels van arrested after high-speed chase in Fayette County

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:22

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ohio - A man is in custody following a high-speed chase in Fayette County where the man was driving a stolen Meals on Wheels van.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office said it received a call about a man removing the license plate off of the van in a parking lot behind a gas station at U.S. 35 and I-71 Wednesday morning around 8:30 a.m.

When deputies responded, the man, later identified as 41-year-old Franklin Scales III of Columbus, was inside the van.

Scales then drove away, nearly hitting a deputy and then hitting a parked semi-tractor trailer.

Deputies pursued Scales onto Garringer-Edgefield Road before turning eastbound SR-435. The sheriff's office said they reached speeds of at least 80 MPH.

Scales then entered I-71 south and drove for a short time before crossing over the median and headed north on I-71.

Scales exited back onto SR-435 to head east to the US-35 bypass.

He was stopped on US-35 and taken into custody by deputies and state troopers.

Deputies discovered the van was a Meals on Wheels van reported to be stolen to the Dayton Police Department not long before deputies responded to the initial call.

Scales is charged with felonious assault, fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, receiving stolen property, and driving under suspension.

He is in custody at the Fayette County Jail.

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Columbus Foundation celebrating 75th anniversary with free museum admissions, COTA bus rides

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:59

To celebrate their 75th anniversary, the Columbus Foundation is giving back to central Ohio.

On December 29, bus rides on COTA and admission to six cultural institutions will be free.

The locations with free admission include:

  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • COSI
  • Franklin Park Conservatory
  • National Veterans Memorial and Museum
  • Ohio History Connection
  • Wexner Center for the Arts

Additionally, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will be offering 75 cent ice cream at all of their Columbus shops.

Free admission is available at all participating locations during their regular business hours. Free COTA rides will be available from 5 a.m. on December 29 until 1 a.m. on December 30.

Additional event information can be found here.

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Nationwide Children's Day Of Giving | December 13, 2018

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:47

Nationwide Children's Hospital needs our help now.

They care for every child, for every reason, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. On average, Nationwide Children's Hospital provides $200,000 per day in charity & community care.

Over 10,000 patients will visit Nationwide Children's Hospital over the holiday season and all will be cared for, regardless of their ability to pay.

They can’t do their work without our help. Today is your chance to give back.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital volunteers are here today only to take your donation.

You can give online HERE or call our phone bank* at 614-469-1088 to help local kids this holiday season.

*Volunteers will available to take your call during the following times: 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | 10 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

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Former Zanesville preschool employee gets 28 years for raping three children

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:13

A former preschool employee in Zanesville was sentenced to more than 20 years in jail for raping three students between the ages of 7 and 9, according to the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Derek Shaffer will serve at least 22 years and up to 28 years in jail.

Earlier this summer, the Zanesville Police Department says it received a complaint in reference to a possible sexual assault involving a minor. The complaint alleged that Shaffer had sexually assaulted a child at the Careytown School, located on Pershing Rd.

Police say they informed the school about the investigation on June 10 but say Shaffer was still allowed to teach at the school and have access to children.

After an investigation, the case was presented to the Muskingum County Prosecutor Michael Haddox and rape charges were filed against Shaffer.

The Zanesville Times Recorder reports Shaffer will provide the state with the names of all of the children he raped. Those families have been notified. It was part of the plea deal for Shaffer to avoid serving life in prison.

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Toledo community has grown fond of man's pet camel 'Scooby'

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:57

Every now and then you see a pet that is very out of the ordinary.

It might be a person walking a pig or even someone cuddling a python.

But chances are you’ve never seen a pet as unusual as the 7-foot-tall camel that roams the streets of Toledo on his regular walks.

The community seems to have welcomed Scooby with open arms, where he has become something of a local celebrity.

Categories: Ohio News

1 dead in Madison County crash

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:03

MADISON COUNTY, Ohio – One person is dead after crash in Madison County, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said the crash involves a semi-tractor trailer.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash is on US-42 between Simpson Road and Old us 42.

The road is closed while the crash is investigated.

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Teen's family plans to file wrongful death lawsuit against Columbus police

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:36

The family of a 16-year-old who was shot and killed by police said they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit. However, Columbus Police said the family's account of what happened is inaccurate.

Police said Julius Tate had committed at least two previous armed robberies and, on the night he was killed, held up an undercover officer.

The family's attorney said a witness claimed Tate was not armed and that police led him out of a home, shot him, then went back into the home and took a gun, claiming it belonged to the teenager.

“I have a sworn statement, saying it was totally different than what the police have said happened,” said Attorney Byron Potts.

Potts would not share a copy of the affidavit or the name of the alleged witness.

Police said that version is inaccurate, saying Tate had a gun and pointed it at police.

10TV has also learned Tate's father filed a report in April, claiming his son stole a gun out of his car. Tate was a student at Columbus Scioto, which Columbus City Schools describes as a school for children with social and behavioral disorders.

Police said Kira Dickerson was a prior victim of Julius Tate. She had arranged to buy a television from him through an internet buy and sell site.

“I felt a gun against my head,” said Dickerson. “I was just like, 'Oh God, no please.'”

When she arrived at the meeting place, she was held up at gunpoint and pistol-whipped in front of her two children.

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UK's May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:13

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a brush with political mortality Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and country.

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally that reflected the discontent within the party over her handling of Britain's exit from the European Union.

Despite the victory, Brexit remains her government's biggest problem. May is heading to Brussels to seek changed to her divorce deal from the European Union in order to make it more palatable to Parliament.

The balloting came after May's Conservative opponents, who circled the weakened prime minister for weeks hoping to spark a no-confidence vote, finally got the numbers they needed to call one.

The result was announced to loud cheers from lawmakers gathered in the wood-paneled room where they had voted. Under party rules, May cannot be challenged again for a year.

May had earlier vowed to fight for the leadership of her party and the country "with everything I've got," and spent the day holed up in the House of Commons trying to win over enough lawmakers to secure victory.

"A change of leadership in the Conservative Party now will put our country's future at risk," May said in a defiant statement outside 10 Downing St.

She said that ousting her and a vote on her replacement — a process that could take weeks — could result in Brexit being delayed or even halted. May, who spent Tuesday touring European Union capitals to appeal for changes to sweeten her divorce deal for reluctant U.K. lawmakers, has until Jan. 21 to hold a vote on the agreement in Parliament, a timetable that could be scuttled if she is replaced.

In a bid to win over wavering lawmakers, May indicated she would step down before the next election, due in 2022.

Solicitor-General Robert Buckland said May told lawmakers at a meeting that "it is not her intention to lead the party in the 2022 general election."

Another Tory legislator, Nick Boles, tweeted: "She was unambiguous. She will not be leading the Conservative Party into the next election."

May has not said what she will do if, as many expect, there is an early election triggered by Britain's Brexit crisis.

The leadership challenge marked a violent eruption of the Conservative Party's decades-long divide over Europe and throws Britain's already rocky path out of the EU, which it is due to leave on March 29, into further chaos. It comes days after May postponed a vote to approve the divorce deal to avoid all-but-certain defeat.

The threat to May has been building as pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers grew increasingly frustrated with the prime minister's handling of Brexit.

Many supporters of Brexit say May's deal, a compromise that retains close economic ties with the EU, fails to deliver on the clean break with the bloc that they want.

Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson accused May of acting like a "supplicant" in dealings with the EU.

"She's not the person to see Brexit through," he said.

Opposition lawmakers expressed astonishment and outrage at the Conservative civil war erupting in the middle of the fraught Brexit process.

"This government is a farce, the Tory party is in chaos, the prime minister is a disgrace," Scottish National Party leader Ian Blackford said during a pugnacious Prime Minister's Questions session in the House of Commons.

British business figures had expressed alarm at the prospect of even more political uncertainty.

"At one of the most pivotal moments for the U.K. economy in decades, it is unacceptable that Westminster politicians have chosen to focus on themselves, rather than on the needs of the country," said Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce.

Graham Brady, who heads a committee overseeing Conservative leadership contests, announced early Wednesday that he had received letters from at least 48 lawmakers asking for a vote. That's the 15 percent of Conservative legislators needed to spark a leadership challenge under party rules.

May canceled a Wednesday trip to Dublin to meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar so she could stay in London and battle for lawmakers' support.

But before it, Cabinet colleagues rallied to May's support. Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted that a leadership contest, with Brexit little more than three months away, "will be seen as self-indulgent and wrong."

Justice Secretary David Gauke said: "I think it's vital for the country that she wins tonight."

He said that if May lost, "I don't think we will be leaving the European Union on the 29th of March."

EU leaders tried to stay out of the fray. There was no change in plans for May to address them about Brexit at a summit on Brussels on Thursday.

The European Parliament's Brexit point man, Guy Verhofstadt, could not contain a note of annoyance, tweeting: "Once again, the fate of EU-U.K. relations, the prosperity of businesses & citizens' rights are consumed by an internal Conservative party catfight over Europe."

Categories: Ohio News

"Heartbeat Bill" passes Ohio Senate; Gov. Kasich says he plans to veto

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:08

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has approved a highly restrictive anti-abortion bill despite indications it has little chance of passage this year.

The GOP-controlled Senate by an 18-13 vote Wednesday passed the measure banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually within a few weeks of conception.

The legislation must return to the House for agreement with changes made by the Senate in committee.

Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich has promised to veto the bill as he did with a similar measure in 2016.

Ohio Right to Life, the state's oldest and largest anti-abortion group, remains neutral on the bill due to concerns over its constitutionality.

Republican Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, who takes office in January, has said he would sign such a bill if it crossed his desk.

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Dre'Mont Jones will enter NFL draft; plans to play in Rose Bowl

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 13:56

Ohio State junior defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones has announced he will be entering the 2019 NFL Draft.

Jones told reporters of his decision on Wednesday and additionally said he plans to play in the Rose Bowl against Washington.

During the 2018 season, Jones has 40 tackles including 13 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also has three fumble recoveries and an INT.

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins announced last week that he intends to play in the Rose Bowl as he considers entering the draft.

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National Enquirer owner admits to paying off Playboy model to protect Trump

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 13:40

The media company that owns the National Enquirer admitted to "working in concert" with the Trump campaign to pay off a woman who said she had an affair with Trump in order to squash her story, prosecutors in New York said Wednesday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said it had agreed not to prosecute American Media, Inc. (AMI), the Enquirer's parent company, for its involvement in the scheme in exchange for the company's cooperation in the investigation into the payment to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model.

AMI "admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman's story so as to prevent it from influencing the election," the office said.

The announcement came hours after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was sentenced in Manhattan to three years in federal prison for violating campaign finance laws for his role in paying off McDougal and Stormy Daniels.

Prosecutors did not say when they reached the agreement not to prosecute AMI for the payment to McDougal, which came in the weeks before the 2016 election. The office said in a press release the company "admitted that it made the $150,000 payment ... in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate."

"AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman's story so as to prevent it from influencing the election," the news release said.

In exchange for avoiding prosecution, AMI accepted responsibility, agreed to assist in the investigation, and improve its internal compliance related to campaign finance laws, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

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Vitaminwater will pay you $100,000 to go without your smartphone for a year

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:13

Do you think you could go without your smartphone for an entire year? Vitaminwater is willing to bet you can’t do it.

The company issued the challenge with an award of $100,000 to a person who can go without their smartphone for 2019.

You can enter the contest by sharing on Instagram or Twitter why you are up for the challenge with the hashtags #nophoneforayear and #contest.

The company will choose one person who will trade their smartphone for an earlier cellphone that only makes calls.

we tried to get Brandon to make this deal, but he is too busy – will you turn off your phone for a year instead? #NoPhoneForAYear #contest

— vitaminwater® (@vitaminwater) December 11, 2018

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Kimberly-Clark recalls Kotex tampons that can unravel inside body

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:14

Retailers across the U.S. and Canada are pulling some Kotex tampons off store shelves after Kimberly-Clark recalled the product, citing multiple complaints of it unraveling, prompting some to seek medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in their bodies.

The consumer-products company also said it had received "a small number of reports of infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury, and other symptoms" from use of its regular absorbency U by Kotex Sleek Tampons.

The recall involves specific lots of the product manufactured between Oct. 7, 2016, and Oct. 16, 2018, and distributed between Oct. 17, 2016, and Oct. 23, 2018.

Regular absorbency U by Kotex Sleek Tampons were pulled off store shelves after Kimberly-Clark recalled the product, citing multiple complaints of it unraveling. Some customers sought medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in their bodies. KIMBERLY-CLARK
The defective tampons were distributed broadly across the U.S. and Canada. Consumers can identify the recalled product by looking for specific lot numbers on the bottom of the package. A full list of the recalled lot numbers can be found here.

The company, which also produces diapers and tissues, did not immediately return a request for further elaboration.

Consumers who purchased the recalled product should stop using it immediately and contact Kimberly-Clark's consumer service team at 1-888-255-3499 between 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, for information, the company said.

Consumers who experience vaginal injury (pain, bleeding, or discomfort,) or vaginal irritation (itching or swelling), urogenital infections (bladder and/or vaginal bacterial and/or yeast infections), or other symptoms such as hot flashes, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting after use of the product in question should seek immediate medical attention, Kimberly-Clark added.

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Condition improving for mom of 5 kids killed in Ohio fire

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:01

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - A hospital official says the mother of five children killed in a fire at their Ohio home remains hospitalized, but her condition is improving.

Spokeswoman Tina Arundel of MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland said Wednesday that the woman's condition has been upgraded from critical to fair.

Firefighters say the woman jumped from a second-floor window of her Youngstown home in the fire late Sunday. She was the only survivor. Authorities haven't publicly identified her.

Neighbor Aaron Baldwin says the mother was naked and bleeding when she appeared at his door screaming for help to save her children.

Authorities say the five children ranged in age from 1 to 9.

Fire officials' investigation into what caused the blaze is continuing. Authorities have said there's no sign the fire was suspicious.

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Columbus Zoo & Aquarium opens naming contest for elephant calf

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:20

POWELL, Ohio - The Asian elephant calf born at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium last week now needs a name.

The list of possible names for the female calf born last Thursday is provided by one of the zoo’s longtime supporters with input from the animal care team. The names are in honor and memory of Kathryn Elisabeth Anderson Koblentz, who served in a variety of leadership roles for the zoo, and her family.

  • Darcy: inspired by Kathy’ favorite book, “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen. Kathy and Bob also had a beloved collie named Darcy.
  • Lizzie: inspired by Kathy’s middle name Elisabeth, which is also a name variation of the central character, Elizabeth, in Kathy’s favorite book, “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen.
  • Ellie: inspired by Kathy’s middle name Elisabeth
  • Kobie: inspired by Kathy’s last name Koblentz

People can vote for a single name within each 24-hour period beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12 until Jan. 3 on the zoo’s website.

The public can view the calf and mother Phoebe between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the elephant community room at the zoo’s Vanishing Giants building. The schedule is adjusted accordingly to best fit the family’s needs.

The baby was born as a result of artificial insemination and joins the herd of six Asian elephants in the Asia Quest region: males, Hank and Beco, and females, Phoebe, Connie, Sundara (Sunny) and Rudy.

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Ohio House committee passes portion of the Reagan Tokes Act

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:03

House lawmakers have voted to pass a portion of the Reagan Tokes Act out of committee.

The bill is named after murdered Ohio State student Reagan Tokes.

Senate Bill 201 originally addressed indefinite sentences — allowing a judge to sentence violent felons to a range of years rather than a set sentence.

Several amendments to the bill were added including calling on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and correction to create a feasibility study on changes to GPS monitoring and report back to lawmakers by next summer.

It also requests that the department try to reduce the number of offenders released without a home.

Tokes was killed by Brian Golsby who was released homeless from prison but wasn’t closely monitored, despite wearing a GPS monitor.

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'Drug addiction is not a joke:' Bar chain to change the name of its 'Crack Fries'

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 09:39

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based bar and restaurant chain plans to change the name of its "Crack Fries" in January to distance itself from a word associated with the drug epidemic.

A post on HopCat's website by BarFly Ventures CEO Mark Gray says the recipe and ingredients of its seasoned fries will stay the same. He notes, however, the company's "vision for creating an inclusive company ... is not compatible" with the old name. A new name will be announced later.

Gray says HopCat picked the "Crack Fries" name more than a decade ago "as a reference to the addictive quality of the fries and their cracked pepper seasoning, without consideration for those the drug negatively affected."

Gray says the crack epidemic "is not funny and never was."

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Catering company planning new event space for Columbus

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 09:15

Columbus-based catering company Two Caterers will be opening a new event space just outside of downtown.

The Fives is an addition to the Reach on Goodale, where White Castle is building a new home office. The venue will feature a 5,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, while the first floor is planned to span 7,000 square feet to accommodate seated events for 400 and receptions for up to 750 guests.

The Fives’ name pays tribute to 555 Goodale Street, the address of the White Castle home office.

An amphitheater and riverside park will also be managed by Two Caterers to be used in conjunction with the new space for indoor and outdoor events.

 New event space in Columbus

Construction has already begun on The Fives, and reservations can be made as early as January 2019 for events beginning spring of 2020.

More information on the space can be found at The Fives' website.

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