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Krispy Kreme offering a dozen donuts for $1 today

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 08:40

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is bringing back its "Day of the Dozens" holiday tradition Wednesday.

Customers can buy one dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts for just $1 when they buy any dozen at participating stores.

Orders are limited to two per customer.

Only two more days until #DayoftheDozens! See you on 12/12, when you can get a $1 Original Glazed Dozen with any dozen purchase.

— Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme) December 10, 2018

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Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen faces possible jail sentence

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 08:26

NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Cohen, a lawyer who made his career protecting President Donald Trump, is set to learn Wednesday whether his decision to cooperate with federal investigators will lessen his punishment for crimes including making illegal hush-money payments to two women during the 2016 campaign — a scandal that could damage Trump's presidency.

A federal judge in New York is set to decide whether Cohen gets leniency or years in prison for campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress about the president's past business dealings in Russia.

Cohen, 52, is due to appear at 11 a.m. at a courthouse in Manhattan for a sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge William Pauley III.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, he stands to get about four years in prison, but his lawyers have argued for leniency.

Some of Cohen's crimes, they said, were motivated by overenthusiasm for Trump, rather than any nefarious intent.

He has pleaded guilty to misleading Congress about his work on a proposal to build a Trump skyscraper in Moscow, hiding the fact that he continued to speak with Russians about the proposal well into the presidential campaign.

Cohen also pleaded guilty in August to breaking campaign finance laws by helping orchestrate payments to silence former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who said they had sexual encounters with Trump while he was married.

For weeks, Cohen's legal strategy appeared to revolve around persuading the court that he is a reformed man who abandoned longtime friendships and gave up his livelihood when he decided to cut ties with the president and speak with federal investigators. Cohen's lawyers have said in court filings that their client could have stayed on the president's side and angled himself for a presidential pardon.

New York prosecutors have urged a judge to sentence Cohen to a substantial prison term, saying he'd failed to fully cooperate and overstated his helpfulness.

They've asked for only a slight reduction to his sentence based on his work with the office of special counsel Robert Mueller and prosecutors looking into the campaign finance violations in New York.

A probation-only sentence, they said, is unbefitting of "a man who knowingly sought to undermine core institutions of our democracy."

"While many Americans who desired a particular outcome to the election knocked on doors, toiled at phone banks, or found any number of other legal ways to make their voices heard, Cohen sought to influence the election from the shadows. He did so by orchestrating secret and illegal payments to silence two women who otherwise would have made public their alleged extramarital affairs" with Trump, prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors said Cohen orchestrated payments to McDougal and Daniels at Trump's direction.

Trump, who insists the affairs never happened, said Monday in a tweet that the payments to the women were "a simple private transaction," not a campaign contribution. And if it was campaign contribution, the president said, Cohen is the one who should be held responsible.

"Lawyer's liability if he made a mistake, not me," Trump wrote, adding, "Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!"

A sentence of hard time would leave Cohen with little to show for his decision to plead guilty, though experts said Wednesday's hearing might not be the last word on his punishment.

Cohen could have his sentence revisited if he strikes a deal with prosecutors in which he provides additional cooperation within a year of his sentence, said Michael J. Stern, a former federal prosecutor in Detroit and Los Angeles.

"Few things spark a defendant's renewed interest in cooperating faster than trading in a pair of custom Italian trousers for an off-the-rack orange jump suit," he said.

Annemarie McAvoy, a former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, said prosecutors appear to be angry at Cohen for limiting his cooperation.

"It could be a tactic to try to break him like they've tried to do with (Paul) Manafort," McAvoy said, referring to Trump's former campaign chairman. "It kind of shows they're putting the screws to him. If they're not mad at him, he didn't give them what they wanted."

Cohen's transition from Trump's fixer-in-chief to felon has been head-spinning.

He once told an interviewer he would "take a bullet" for Trump. But facing prosecution for evading $1.4 million in taxes, Cohen pleaded guilty in August, pledged to cooperate with Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election and changed his party registration from Republican to Democrat.

Judge Pauley, who was appointed to the federal bench by former President Bill Clinton, may allow Cohen to begin serving any prison term he receives at a later date. But legal experts said Cohen could also be taken into custody immediately.

"If I were advising him, I'd encourage him to bring his toothbrush to court," said Stern.

Cohen's lawyers have asked for no prison time, saying he has suffered enough already.

"The greatest punishment Michael has endured in the criminal process has been the shame and anxiety he feels daily from having subjected his family to the fallout from his case," his attorneys wrote in a court filing last month. "The media glare and intrusions on all of them, including his children, the regular hate correspondence and written and oral threats, the fact that he will lose his law license, the termination of business relationships by banks and insurers and the loss of friendships, are but some of this fallout."

Categories: Ohio News

New mobile parking app launches in Columbus

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 06:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio - About 600 parking meters in Columbus have been equipped with ParkMobile technology to allow residents to play using the new ParkColumbus app.

The City of Columbus announced the launch Wednesday morning.

Starting January 22, 2019, approximately 600 meters located in the Short North Arts District will begin to accept mobile payments.

The City of Columbus plans to add the mobile payment to all 4,500 parking meters and kiosks starting in late 2019.

“As a smart city, Columbus is always looking for innovative ways to alleviate traffic congestion and improve the parking experience,” said Robert Ferrin, Assistant Director for Parking Services with the City of Columbus. “This new ParkColumbus app gives people an easy way to pay so they can skip the meter and instead pay with their phone.”

“We are excited to partner with the City of Columbus,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “We already have a large and growing base of ParkMobile users around Ohio. This expansion into Columbus offers more smart parking options for people as they travel around the state.”

The ParkColumbus app is available for both iPhone and Android devices.

You can download the app here.

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Girl writes to Santa asking to change her father's work shift

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:38

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (WWLP) - All she wants for Christmas is a new work shift for her dad.

A 10-year-old girl from Springfield, Mass. wrote a letter for Santa asking him to change her dad's hours.

"I want very little things for Christmas," the girl named 'Zee' wrote. "I would want one of them to come true, and the only people that can grant my wish is you and my dad's boss."

She asks Santa to move her dad's shift to two hours later.

"He would be so happy," she wrote. "And when he is happy I'm happy."

Zee's grandmother shared a photo of the letter via

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Pres. Trump's plan to revive the U.S. Postal Service: Sell access to your mailbox

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:27

CBS NEWS- Looking for ways to boost revenue for the U.S. Postal Service's money-losing operations, the Trump administration is suggesting selling access to mailboxes.

"The legal mailbox monopoly remains highly valuable," said a government report issued last week. "As a means of generating more income, the mailbox monopoly could be monetized."

The report, representing the efforts of a task force created by President Donald Trump, proposes a number of other changes to the U.S. Postal Service, including cutting costs and boosting prices for "nonessential services," including delivery of commercial mail such as advertising flyers. In November, the USPS reported its 12th straight year of losses, due to slumping mail volume and rising costs of retirement and health care benefits.

While the report didn't detail how much the USPS could earn from franchising mailboxes, it suggests the USPS could charge third-party delivery services such as UPS or FedEx to gain access to consumer mailboxes. It's currently illegal for other delivery services to drop packages or letters in a mailbox -- a restriction that even applies to neighbors stuffing flyers for a local event.

"As [mail service providers] and package delivery companies continue to expand offerings to multiple parts of the value chain, it is reasonable to expect a willingness to pay for access to USPS mailboxes," the report noted. "By franchising the mailbox, the USPS could expand its revenue and income opportunities without necessitating any change to its current mail products."

But the economics might not be as rosy as the Trump administration report suggests, according to Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank that focuses on productivity and innovation issues.

"Nobody knows what the economics of that are," Atkinson said. "Right now, say what you want about the Postal Service, but the part that is perhaps the most efficient is the last-mile delivery," or the delivery from postal offices to consumers' homes.

Monopoly on delivery

Instead, it could actually backfire and end up costing the USPS more money, Atkinson warned: "One of the reasons the USPS is not even more financially troubled is because they have this monopoly for delivery" to your mailbox, he explained.

If the USPS sells access to consumers' mailboxes, even more businesses may opt for rival services such as FedEx or UPS. It's not clear whether the franchise fees would offset the loss of that mail revenue, he added.

"I'm dubious that they could charge a price that could be any better than they already make, because then they'd be delivering fewer of those letters or packages," Atkinson said.

Amazon's impact

While the report didn't single out Amazon, the online retailer -- whose founder Jeff Bezos personally owns the Washington Post -- has repeatedly drawn the ire of Mr. Trump, who has blamed the company for some of the USPS' financial woes. The president has claimed the USPS loses $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon.

There's little evidence to back up his claims, however, as the package delivery remains one of the few lines of business that's growing for the USPS.

Nevertheless, the report recommends that the Postal Service develop a new pricing model that would lift current price caps and charge what it calls market-based prices for mail and packages that aren't "essential postal services." Amazon and other major businesses that are currently using the Postal Service to supplement their delivery operations would face higher costs, if that were to happen -- and so, too, might their customers.

--With reporting by Irina Ivanova and the Associated Press.

Categories: Ohio News

DA: Evidence linking suspect to 2016 rape was overlooked

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 04:12

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina district attorney says authorities last year didn't investigate DNA evidence linking a 2016 rape to a man accused in the recent slaying of a teenage girl.

The News & Observer reports Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt said Tuesday that an investigation into the DNA linking Michael Ray McLellan to the 2016 rape "fell through the cracks."

McLellan is charged with raping and killing 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar, who was kidnapped from outside her Lumberton home in November. Her body was found weeks later.

Investigators said Monday that DNA was essential in linking McLellan to Hania's death. Britt says that DNA was matched to DNA evidence already linked to a 2016 rape in which a man broke into a woman's home and raped her at knifepoint.

Categories: Ohio News

US appeals court upholds Ohio lifetime sexual predator rules

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 03:53

CINCINNATI (AP) — An appeal is planned of a court ruling that upheld Ohio's permanent requirements for convicts classified as sexual predators.

A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel Tuesday unanimously reversed a lower-court decision in favor of a woman convicted in 2006 of sexual misconduct with a minor.

The woman was classified as a sexual predator which carries lifetime state registration and community-notification requirements.

In 2012, she challenged the permanent requirements that were based on a determination she was likely to re-offend. Her attorneys contended her due process rights were violated because she wouldn't have a chance to ever counter that classification.

The judges said Ohio's requirements are for the offender's lifetime.

The woman's attorneys said they'll ask the entire appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

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Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 03:51

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study that analyzed four years' worth of films found that female-led movies have consistently outperformed those in which men get top billing.

The study analyzed the 350 top-grossing films worldwide released between January 2014 and December 2017. Researchers found that in films with small, medium and large budgets, all averaged better global grosses when a woman was listed as the lead star.

Conducted by the talent agency Creative Artists Agency and the tech company shift7, the study found that films that passed the Bechdel test do better, too. The Bechdel test, an invention of the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, rates whether a movie features two female characters having a conversation about something other than a man.

Researchers found every $1 billion film at the box office — including films like "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," ''Jurassic World" and "Beauty and the Beast" — passed the Bechdel test. Among films that cost more than $100 million to make, the ones that passed the Bechdel test grossed on average $618 million worldwide, while those that didn't averaged $413 million.

"Women comprise half the box office, yet there has been an assumption in the industry that female-led films led were generally less successful," CAA agent Christy Haubegger, who participated in the research, said in a statement. "We found that the data does not support that assumption."

For budget data and determining lead actor, researchers depended on data from the Nielsen's box-office data collection company Gracenote. Gracenote's Studio System defines a "female lead" as a woman who is listed first in official press materials.

Of the 350 films studied, 105 qualified as female-led and 245 registered as male-led. The greatest gap was in larger budgeted films. In movies with a budget greater than $100 million, there were 75 male-led films and 19 female-led films.

The study was conceived through a group that formed through the gender equality initiative Time's Up, including Amy Pascal, former chairman of Sony Pictures. Earlier research by academics has chronicled similar rates of inequality in top-grossing Hollywood releases, and the financial benefits of inclusion .

"This analysis affirms data showing that diversity has a positive impact on a company's bottom line," said Lisa Borders, Time's Up president and chief executive. "As studios consider their fiduciary responsibilities to their investors, these findings offer a clear approach to delivering the best results."

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Magnitude 4.4 earthquake jolts Tennessee; felt in Atlanta

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 03:13

DECATUR, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck eastern Tennessee and could be felt in Atlanta.

The light earthquake occurred Wednesday around 4:14 a.m. about 7 miles (11 kilometers) northeast of Decatur. About 13 minutes later, a 3.3 magnitude aftershock then struck.

There did not appear to be any immediate reports of injuries.

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake reported by @USGS at 4:14am in Decatur, TN. Possibly a 3.3 aftershock at 4:27am. FYI - With a magnitude 3.0 you may notice an object swing, 4.0 feels like a large truck passing by. #10TV

— Ashlee Baracy (@AshleeBaracy) December 12, 2018

Categories: Ohio News

Gahanna establishes new rules for "vicious/dangerous" animals following deaths of dogs

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 20:07

GAHANNA, Ohio - The city of Gahanna adopted new rules for those who own "vicious/dangerous" animals on Tuesday.

"We're still very afraid to be in our own backyard and our own front yard because those dogs had gotten out so many times," Lisa Brosnahan said.

Brosnahan owned the dogs behind the effort. Her two shelties, Reilly and Guinness, were recently killed after she says two pit bull dogs owned by neighbors got in her house and attacked them.

"And, it just really, really scares us that it could happen again," she said.

By her count, it was the fourth time the pit bull dogs had broken into her backyard.

Police said the two owners of the pit bulls were cited for their dogs being at large. They were also given notices their animals have been deemed dangerous.

Tuesday, the city of Gahanna passed an ordinance that increases the permit fee for "dangerous or vicious" animals from $500 to $750. It also requires those who own these animals to increase their liability insurance from $100,000 to $250,000.

City Council said it will also have a discussion in January that would allow law enforcement to quarantine dangerous animals for up to 72 hours while an alleged attack is being investigated.

Police say one of the pit bull dogs has been removed from the home. The other is in the process of being removed.

The new changes are on top of the measures already in place, like tethering, leashes, muzzling, and signs.

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Bexley council member accused of unprofessional conduct will not be removed from seat

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 18:59

BEXLEY -Bexley City Council met in executive session behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss how to deal with fellow council member Tim Madison.

Madison is accused of bullying, intimidating and using aggressive behavior.

Members of the city council and the public said Madison has a pattern of abusive behavior, including physically accosting a citizen who criticized him after a council meeting in November.

After a lengthy deliberation, council emerged to state it cannot remove Madison under the Bexley Charter.

The city attorney said his actions were not illegal.

Nate Caplin asked the council to remove Madison immediately and told council it was he who was confronted by Madison after the meeting on November 13.

He said Madison followed him into the parking lot and according to Caplin got "chest to chest with him and about six inches from his face."

Caplin said Madison repeatedly "called him a gutless troll."

Council voted to officially reprimand Madison, calling his conduct "unacceptable."

Madison must now enter counseling, which will be paid for by the city.

He was a;sp removed from his chairmanships until further notice of his successful completion of counseling.

Council did add that Madison has made positive contributions to the city and the hope is he can continue to make a positive impact on the city.

After the vote, Madison addressed council saying, " I did not do anything illegal as the city attorney has said and I have should have addressed this in a different manner and in the future I will definitely do so,"

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Columbus teacher accused of breaking student's hand

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 18:37

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus teacher is facing a felony charge of endangering children after being accused of breaking a child’s hand.

David Ring, a teacher at Imagine Columbus Primary Academy, was arraigned in Franklin County Municipal Court on Tuesday in connection to an incident that happened on October 24.

Ring told the students in his classroom to put their heads down and one student did not do as asked, according to court documents.

Court documents allege he then took the student out into the hallway and tried to sit him down in a chair but the student refused.

Ring is accused of then forcefully slamming a child “into a chair while the child’s hand was underneath him” which caused the child to fracture his hand, according to court records.

Ring posted bond on Tuesday and his next scheduled court appearance is later this month.

10TV reached out to Imagine Columbus Primary Academy but the school declined to comment on the case.

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Trump threatens shutdown in wild encounter with Democrats

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 17:47

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a wild Oval Office confrontation, President Donald Trump heatedly threatened to shut down the U.S. government Tuesday as he and Democratic leaders bickered over funding for his promised border wall and offered a grim preview of life in Washington the next two years under divided government.

Trump and House and Senate Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer squabbled for more than 15 minutes in the stunning, televised encounter. Each of them, especially Trump, interrupted the others to question facts, quibble over election results and lob insults.

Trump questioned Pelosi's ability to count votes in her own House. She questioned his manhood — after she left the building.

The public clash marked Trump's first meeting with the newly empowered Democrats since their midterm victories that put them in control of the House, laying bare the tensions on both sides and suggesting how divided government might work — or not — as the 2020 presidential election nears.

Neither the public nor the private face-to-face portion of the meeting appeared to resolve the wall-funding dispute with a partial shutdown looming on Dec. 21. However, Pelosi said Trump called her later in the afternoon and told her the White House was looking at options she and Schumer had laid out.

In the public debate, Trump sounded more determined than ever to allow a partial government shutdown unless he gets the billions he wants for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

"I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down," he declared.

Pelosi later crowed that she and Schumer had goaded the president to "fully own that the shutdown was his." She told Democratic lawmakers back at the Capitol, according to an aide who was in the room, that the wall was "like a manhood thing for him ... as if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing."

The aide was not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity.

While Trump has suggested he may be willing to trade with Democrats and has publicly praised Pelosi, he was focused Tuesday on reinforcing his hardline immigration promises, repeatedly stressing border security and the wall as a critical part. Democrats were in no mood to sympathize, emphasizing their newfound political strength.

"Elections have consequences, Mr. President," said Schumer.

Trump later called it a "friendly meeting," saying "I've actually liked them for a long period of time and I respect them both. And we made a lot of progress." The Democrats said they had given Trump two options to keep government open and the responsibility lay with him and Republicans who control Congress.

The wall remains the main sticking point in talks. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged Tuesday that the GOP-led House has yet to pass legislation that includes the $5 billion in border wall funds that Trump has been requesting. Ryan likely lacks sufficient votes from Republicans who will lose their majority at the end of the month.

Trump is seeking far more for his long-stalled border wall than the $1.6 billion the Senate has agreed to for border security, including physical barriers and technology along the U.S. southern border.

Should the two sides not make a deal by Dec. 21, about three-quarters of the government would continue to have enough money to operate. But departments affected absent a deal include Homeland Security, Transportation, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks.

Both sides came into the negotiating session primed for battle. After a few niceties, Trump dug into Democrats on the border wall, prompting a stern rebuke from Schumer that the issue at hand was "called funding the government." Trump soon started scrapping with Pelosi, when she said there should not be a "Trump shutdown."

"Did you say Trump?" the president said, as the two argued over whether Trump had enough Republican votes in the House to support his border wall plan.

"The fact is that you do not have the votes in the House," Pelosi declared.

Trump shot back, "Nancy, I do."

Also in a fighting mood, Schumer accused Trump of threatening a shutdown "because you can't get your way."

Trump heckled Schumer over a previous shutdown, saying "the last time you shut it down you got killed" politically.

Pelosi and Schumer both repeatedly asked to make the conversation private, without success, as Trump argued that the public meeting was a good thing: "It's called transparency."

Trump repeatedly returned to his argument that the border wall is needed for security reasons. He also argued that "tremendous" portions of the wall have already been built. In fact, some barrier renovation has happened, but little wall construction has been completed under Trump.

If Democrats refuse to support the wall, the military will build the remaining sections, Trump said. "The wall will get built," he insisted.

Hours after the meeting ended, a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement that "there is no plan" for the military to build sections of a border wall. But Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis added that the military may have the power to fund "barrier projects" in national emergencies or to counter the drug trade.

Pence, a former House member, sat silently as Trump and the two Democrats bickered. He later called the meeting a "good discussion." Asked to describe the atmosphere in the private meeting that followed the public quarrel, Pence said, "candid."

Pelosi and Schumer have urged Trump to support a measure that includes a half-dozen government funding bills largely agreed upon by lawmakers, along with a separate measure that would fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The homeland bill includes about $1.3 billion for fencing and other security measures at the border.

If Trump rejects that, Democrats are urging a continuing resolution that would fund all the remaining appropriations bills at current levels through Sept. 30.

"We gave the president two options that would keep the government open," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement after the meeting. "It's his choice to accept one of those options or shut the government down."

Pelosi, who is seeking to become House speaker when the new Congress convenes in January, said she and many other Democrats consider the wall "immoral, ineffective and expensive." She noted that Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, an idea Mexico has repeatedly rejected.

In fact, Trump declared during the presidential campaign two years ago, "That wall will go up so fast your head will spin."

Pelosi's willingness to stand up to Trump won praise from Democrats. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California told CNN that she "may have sealed her speakership by going toe-to-toe with the president."

Despite the rancor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hadn't given up hope that a shutdown can be averted. The Kentucky Republican said "magic" sometimes happens in Congress ahead of Christmas, when lawmakers are eager to leave Washington.

"I'd like to see a smooth ending here," McConnell said at the Capitol.

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Chris Bradley remembered as loving father, husband, friend, and pillar of the community

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 17:32

COLUMBUS, Ohio - There were final goodbyes Tuesday night for Chris Bradley, who was remembered at a beautiful service celebrating his life at King Avenue United Methodist Church.

Lofty hymns were sung by a comforting choir and words of tribute were read by people who loved him.

"We all have stories of how we have been blessed by Chris' joy and by his delight, by his humility and accessibility, and his openness," said Rev. John Keeny.

"Whose path you cross is a lottery too and I have to say I won the Mega Millions when my path crossed Chris Bradley's," said former 10TV anchor Kristyn Hartman.

During the service, several colleagues and friends offered one word that described Chris.

Words such as trust, inspiring, and proud. These words were on plaques given to Chris' children, Spencer and Maria.

"When I think of your dad I think of sunshine. First and foremost he was the weatherman and we liked it when he said sunshine," said 10TV sports anchor Dom Tiberi as those in attendance smiled.

"On behalf of my brother Jason, Spencer and Maria, and our entire family we would just like to extend our sincerest appreciation for the outpouring of love and support and kindness," said Chris' sister-in-law Tiffany Krauss.

Tuesday's service brought joy and gratitude for knowing Chris Bradley.

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Feds: Toledo plot suspect praised Dylann Roof, Columbine killers

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:53

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Federal investigators say an Ohio woman charged with buying bomb-making supplies for a domestic terror attack that was never carried out had a fascination with mass murderers.

Authorities in court documents say the Toledo woman traded letters with South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof and sent him a book about Nazis.

The investigators also say that she traveled to Colorado this year to see the site of the Columbine High School massacre.

The FBI and Department of Justice on Monday announced the arrest of 23-year-old Elizabeth Lecron.

She appeared in federal court and waived a preliminary hearing. A message seeking comment was left with the federal public defender's office.

Authorities say Lecron had talked about carrying out several different types of attacks, including a mass killing at a Toledo bar.

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Columbus woman facing deadly drunk driving charges eludes federal authorities

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:00

Authorities are still on the search for a Columbus woman who was driving under the influence, which led to a fatal accident in July.

According to investigators, 47-year old Heather Tapia's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit when she turned in front of oncoming traffic at the intersection of Morse Road and Cleveland Avenue in northeast Columbus July 14.

The resulting crash killed Audrey Gartin, the passenger in the vehicle driven by Tapia.

"Audrey was a sweet little soul," said Gartin's aunt, Roselee Anzalone. "She was just precious to us."

The grieving family recently gathered in a park in Scottsdale, Arizona to plant a tree in her memory and sprinkle her ashes on the ground.

Gartin was born and raised in Arizona, but after her mother died last year, her family said the grieving daughter needed to get away. She moved to Columbus.

"She was 39, and it was tragic for her family. It's hard to talk about," Anzalone said.

Gartin's family said Tapia has been convicted eight times of driving under the influence. Nearly six months after the deadly crash, she is eluding federal authorities.

10TV has learned authorities believe Tapia has fled Ohio and may be hiding out in Florida.

"Heather Tapia needs to fess up about what happened and stop running," said Anzalone. "Let this family have some peace about what happened to Audrey because she didn't deserve this at all."

Anyone with information about Tapia's whereabouts is urged to contact the U.S. Marshals central Ohio field office at (614) 469-5540. All tips are anonymous and rewards may be available for information leading to an arrest.

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Board recommends Franklin County judge be suspended indefinitely

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:37

The Board of Professional Conduct has found a Franklin County Appeals Court judge guilty of misconduct, including sexual harassment and abuse of power.

The recommendation from the board for Judge Timothy Horton is to be suspended indefinitely from practicing law, following days of sexually graphic, emotional testimony against Horton this summer.

"I was getting up to go to the bathroom, Judge Horton looked at me and said, 'Walk away slowly,'" said a former intern. "And so I went to the restroom, and when I came back, that's when Judge Horton looked at me, and he said, 'I want to (expletive) you in the (expletive)."

Horton admitted to a sexual relationship with a former intern after she left his office. A former secretary who later served as a bailiff in his court also gave testimony.

"He started pulling at my waist and my hip," the former secretary said. "He kept saying over and over, 'I want to (expletive) you, I want to (expletive) you.' And he was being so loud. I kept saying, 'Stop, stop.'"

Horton denied sexually harassing both women, saying all sexual acts and conversations were consensual. He blamed his poor judgment on alcoholism for which he has since sought treatment.

"I've made a lot of mistakes. I'm not asking you -- I want you to know that I recognize that," Horton said.

In a strongly-worded ruling, the Board of Professional Conduct finds Horton repeatedly violated the Codes of Professional and Judicial Conduct, including violating campaign finance laws and misusing county employees to work on his campaign. The board also found he "abused his position of authority" and "engaged in sexual harassment."

"His conduct was predatory when he engaged in inappropriate sexual discussions with his employees and former employees of the court," the panel wrote. "The crucial factor was the control and power that (he) possessed over his employees, whether or not he was in the workplace."

The Ohio Supreme Court will have the final word on the case some time next year.

To read the board's full report, click here.

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France shooting: 2 dead, several wounded in Strasbourg

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:34

PARIS (AP) — A shooting in the French city of Strasbourg killed two people and wounded up to eight others, officials said, sparking a major security operation around a world-famous Christmas market on Tuesday. Authorities said the shooter remains at large.

The motive for the shooting is unclear. It wasn't immediately clear if the market was the target of the attack or if there was any link to terrorism.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters that the gunman has been identified, and had a police record for common crimes. He several of the wounded were in critical condition and that he was heading to Strasbourg.

The French Interior Ministry called on the public to remain indoors.

"Our security and rescue services are mobilized," Castaner said.

Local authorities tweeted for the public to "avoid the area of the police station," which is close to the city's Christmas market. Strasbourg's well-known market is set up around the city's cathedral during the Christmas period and becomes a major gathering place.

Images from the scene show police officers, police vehicles and barricades surrounding the sparkling lights of the market.

The European Parliament, which is based in Strasbourg, was on lockdown. Spokesman Jaume Duch said that "the European Parliament has been closed and no one can leave until further notice." It wasn't immediately clear how many people were inside.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that "my thoughts are with the victims of the shooting .... Strasbourg is like no other a city which is a symbol of peace and European democracy."

France has been hit by several extremist attacks, including the 2015 Paris shootings, which killed 130 people and wounded hundreds, and a truck attack in Nice that killed dozens in 2016.

Some Strasbourg residents have reported on social media that they heard gunfire in some parts of the city center.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe tweeted that "the situation is still underway, priority is given to security forces and rescuers."

President Emmanuel Macron has adjourned a meeting at the presidential palace on Tuesday night to be able to monitor the events, his office said.

Strasbourg, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of Paris, is on the border with Germany.

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Columbus Crew's Steffen to join Manchester City next summer

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — American goalkeeper Zack Steffen will transfer to Manchester City from the Columbus Crew in July.

The Crew said Tuesday that Steffen will join City when the summer transfer window opens July 9.

The 23-year-old played two seasons at the University of Maryland and joined Germany's Freiburg in December 2014. He never got into a first-team match, signed with the Crew in July 2016 and was on loan to third-tier Pittsburgh for the rest of the season. He made his Crew debut in 2017 and was voted Major League Soccer's top goalkeeper this season.

Steffen made his U.S. national team debut in January and had six appearances this year.

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Radio station returns "Baby, It's Cold Outside" to playlist after "overwhelming" poll results

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:00

SAN FRANCISCO — After polling thousands of Bay Area radio listeners, San Francisco's KOIT radio station announced it was returning the controversial "Baby It's Cold Outside" holiday song to its daily playlist. CBS San Francisco reports that following a national outcry against the song, KOIT Program Director Brian Figula opted last week to place the song on hold while seeking further listener feedback.

"After hearing from thousands of Bay Area listeners via polling, phone calls, emails and social media, KOIT has concluded that the vast majority consider the song to be a valuable part of their holiday tradition, and they still want to hear it on the radio," Figula said in a statement on Monday.

Figula said when it came to the vote, it wasn't even close with 77 percent of listeners opposed to banning the song.

"KOIT's listeners have spoken, and the overwhelming message is they do want to hear 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' on our station, as they have throughout the years," he said. "More than seven out of every ten listeners who responded said although some lyrics of the song may reflect a different era and a different sensibility than today, still they love the tradition and history of the song, and want to hear it as part of their holiday season."

Penned by "Guys and Dolls" writer Frank Loesser in 1944, the Christmas song has been perceived by some as unworthy for the most wonderful time of the year — particularly in the age of #MeToo.

The song's lyrics describe a woman trying extricate herself from a date and saying "no, no, no," while a man insists that she stays as he moves in closer, pours her more alcohol, and warns about he weather outside. Critics of the song say the lyrics promote date rape.

When Figula announced his original decision last week, the station received many angry emails and social media posts from people upset with the decision, accusing the station of political correctness.

An informal poll on CBS New York shows a majority of people think the song should not be banned from the airwaves.

Meanwhile, radio stations in Cleveland and Denver have banned the song for the holiday season.

In Canada, CBC Radio announced last week it would join at least two other broadcasters in the country — Rogers Media and Bell Media — in keeping the song off their holiday playlists.

CBC spokeswoman Nicola Makoway said the broadcaster planned to remove the song at midnight on Tuesday with "no plans to play it going forward."

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