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Columbus Clippers win fourth Governors' Cup in 10 years

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 20:25

DURHAM, North Carolina - The Columbus Clippers won the Governors' Cup Thursday night and earned the title of the best team in the International League.

The Clippers defeated the Durham Bulls 6-2.

Bradley Zimmer, Daniel Johnson, and Ka'ai Tom hit home runs for the Clippers on Thursday.

This is the fourth Governors' Cup for the Clippers in the last 10 years.

The Clippers will now play for the Triple-A Baseball National Championship.

The Clippers await the winner of the Pacific Coast League final series where the Sacramento River Cats lead the Round Rock Express 2-0.

CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/RBtyRtWXb6

— Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers) September 13, 2019

Categories: Ohio News

Police seize enough fentanyl to kill 14,000 people from west Columbus home

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 19:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police seized cash and drugs, including enough fentanyl to kill thousands of people, after executing a search warrant Wednesday at a west Columbus home.

Columbus police say its Investigative Tactical unit executed a search warrant at a home in the 20 block of N. Roys Avenue after receiving information from patrol and citizen complaints.

Authorities seized a small amount of cash, 3 grams of heroin, 6 grams of cocaine and 43 grams of fentanyl. Police say that amount of fentanyl is enough to kill 14,000 non-addicted people.

Nine suspects were taken into custody, where two were taken to jail after police found warrants out for their arrest.

Police say Mark Buckler had breaking and entering charge and Timothy Peck had theft warrants.

The house was vacated and placarded by Code Enforcement after authorities encountered numerous housing code violations, such as urine and feces throughout the house and electricity being stolen from another source.

Police say the drug investigation is ongoing.

Categories: Ohio News

Olentangy school board unanimously approves installing vape detectors in high schools

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 18:33

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio — The board for the Olentangy Local School District unanimously approved a measure to crack down on vaping in schools.

The school board voted Thursday evening to move forward with the installation of vape detectors in the high school bathrooms.

"This takes away the opportunity for them to do this in an environment that is not monitored," Randy Wright, Chief of Administrative Services at Olentangy Local Schools, told 10TV in August. "The product will then alert our administrators at the respective buildings and if they are in the area, they can go right to that location."

The school district also put other measures in place in its aim to curb vaping among students. As of this school year, a student caught with an e-cigarette could face a three-day out-of-school suspension.

That could be reduced to one day only if the student meets with a certified chemical dependency counselor.

Wright initially told 10TV that the hope is to have the detectors installed prior Thanksgiving break. The project would cost more than $50,000.

Categories: Ohio News

Proposed Ohio bill would set requirements for reporting child, animal abuse

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 17:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bill heading through the Ohio legislative system is working to protect Ohio families and their pets.

House Bill 33 will require those who may encounter animals with signs of abuse — such as vets, wardens and members of law enforcement — to report suspected cases of abuse.

Kaye Persinger, Director of Franklin County Animal Care and Control, says the move will help eliminate any confusion on who's required to report and streamline the process.

“A lot of veterinarians and social service workers don’t even know where to go to report the crime or they get the run around,” Persinger said.

Persinger said not only is the bill a good for family pets, but entire families.

“Usually, the dog or cat is often a victim of whatever happens in that household," she said.

Sponsors of the bill also want to add dog warden’s and other animal control personnel to the list of those required to report child abuse.

Categories: Ohio News

CMS rescinds threat to pull federal funding from Sequel Pomegranate

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 16:08

COLUMBUS (WBNS) – The federal government is walking back its previous threat to pull federal funding from Sequel Pomegranate – a teen psychiatric facility and acute hospital that has been mired by allegations of violence and sexual abuse.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had threatened to terminate Medicare funding from Sequel Pomegranate last month after inspectors there found the acute hospital portion of the facility failed to promptly do psychiatric and suicide risks assessments on teens there. Inspectors also noted that the facility had problems with doors that didn't latch properly and lacked a sufficient plan to address legionella threats.

Issues the use of physical restraints used on teens were also noted.

A letter from CMS sent to 10 Investigates late Thursday afternoon now says the hospital side of the facility is in compliance.

10 Investigates' stories exposing problems at Sequel Pomegranate has resulted plans of corrections being issued after a series of surprise inspections by various agencies – including Franklin County Children’s Services, Disability Rights Ohio and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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Muskingum County Courthouse lights up in gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 15:40

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Five-year-old Logan Pennington is so active, he ended up losing one of his shoes while playing outside the Muskingum County Courthouse Thursday morning.

"He’s very energetic, has a lot of energy, always getting into stuff, always jumping and bouncing," said Logan's mom, Amy Pennington.

But a few years ago, life nearly stopped Logan in his tracks. Just weeks after his second birthday, his complained of a bellyache and his mom discovered a large bump on his belly.

It turned out to be a Wilms' Tumor, a rare kidney cancer that mostly affects children.

"How did I not know that he was this sick?" Pennington said. "'Cause he was stage 4 when he was diagnosed, and it spread from his kidney out to some lymph nodes and up into his lungs."

Logan had surgery to remove his kidney and went through seven months of chemotherapy and radiation, spending a lot of time at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

That is where he and his family met the folks behind Karis' Cause, an organization operating under the fiscal sponsorship of the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

"My niece Karis had leukemia when she was two years old, and we wanted to help families that were going through the same thing that our family was," said Marci Harbage, co-founder of Karis' Cause.

The organization launched in 2014 and has since helped more than 250 families seeking treatment at Nationwide Children's.

"We wanted to help other people just like we were helped by families around this area. So, what we decided to do is that we wanted to provide food to Nationwide Children's, we wanted to provide gift cards for gas to get back and forth because sometimes families are living over in the hospital for up to six months, even a year, and then they go to the hospital a lot for treatment, too," Harbage said. "And that costs a lot of money."

Karis' Cause holds several fundraisers throughout the year, including an annual 5K, which happens Saturday, Sept. 21.

"They’re warm, caring. I mean, they feel like part of your family, so they’ve been really fun to work with. We’ve done a lot of fun activities with them,'" Pennington said of Karis' Cause founders and volunteers.

Logan has been cancer-free since 2017, but he and his family will always be part of the cancer club that no one wants to join.

Many of those club members gathered at the Muskingum County Courthouse Thursday morning for a special proclamation.

County commissioners declared September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the courthouse will light up in gold each night.

"This can affect any family — it has no boundaries — that we need to bring awareness to this, and that nobody fights alone, too," Harbage said.

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House committee approves guidelines for impeachment hearings

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 14:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler tried to clear up confusion within his caucus about impeachment on Thursday as the committee approved guidelines for impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump .

Nadler says there's no uncertainty about what his committee is doing: It's an impeachment investigation, no matter how you want to phrase it.

Some of Nadler's fellow Democrats — including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer — have stumbled over how to explain what they're doing, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been reluctant to echo the committee's assertions that they are in the midst of an impeachment probe.

At a news conference after the committee vote, Pelosi was on the defensive. She said she supports what the committee is doing, and "I salute them for that work." She said, though, that when she travels the country, "people are saying it's good to be careful about how we proceed."

Impeachment has divided Democrats who control the House. Democrats on Nadler's committee, including some of the most liberal members of the House, have been eager to move forward with the process. But moderates, mostly first-term lawmakers who handed their party the majority in the 2018 election, are concerned about the committee's drumbeat on impeachment and the attention that comes with that continued action.

Given those divisions, Nadler and Pelosi have been talking about impeachment very differently. While Nadler has been clear that his committee is moving ahead, Pelosi is reluctant to mention the "I'' word and has repeatedly said the strategy is to "legislate, investigate and litigate." In private meetings, she has urged caution and told the caucus that the public isn't there yet on impeachment.

At the same time, she has signed off on the committee's moves.

Pressed on whether there were mixed messages coming from leadership and the committee, she wouldn't answer. "I have said what I am going to say on the subject," Pelosi said.

Nadler, too, declined to answer a similar question. "I'm not going to get into that," he said after the committee's vote.

At the hearing, he was forceful about the Judiciary panel's path.

"Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation. There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature," Nadler, D-N.Y., said earlier as he opened the meeting. "But let me clear up any remaining doubt: The conduct under investigation poses a threat to our democracy. We have an obligation to respond to this threat. And we are doing so."

The confusion was highlighted Wednesday when Hoyer, D-Md., indicated to reporters that there was not an impeachment investigation — and then issued a clarification saying he thought the question was "in regards to whether the full House is actively considering articles of impeachment, which we are not at this time." Like Pelosi, he said he supported the committee's work.

As the committee said it would move ahead, several freshman lawmakers met with Nadler on Wednesday and expressed concerns about the path ahead.

"It's sucking the air out of all the good stuff that we're doing, so that's our concern," said Florida Rep. Donna Shalala, who attended the meeting. She said very few constituents in her swing district asked her about impeachment over the August recess.

With lawmakers divided, it's unclear whether the impeachment process will ever move beyond the committee's investigation. The committee would have to introduce impeachment articles against Trump and win approval from the House to bring charges. The Republican-led Senate is unlikely to convict Trump and remove him from office.

Still, the committee has persisted in advancing the impeachment issue, partly to bolster two lawsuits against the Trump administration as the White House has repeatedly blocked witness testimony and document production. The suits say the material is needed so the committee can decide whether to recommend articles of impeachment.

The resolution the committee approved along party lines would allow the committee to designate certain hearings as impeachment hearings, empower staff to question witnesses, allow some evidence to remain private and permit the president's counsel to officially respond to testimony. The committee says the resolution is similar to procedural votes taken at the beginning of the impeachment investigations into Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

"Under these procedures, when we have finished these hearings and considered as much evidence we are able to gather, we will decide whether to refer articles of impeachment to the House floor," Nadler said in his opening statement.

The first hearing scheduled under the new impeachment rules is with onetime Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Sept. 17. Lewandowski was frequently mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller's report , which the committee has been investigating. According to Mueller's report, Trump asked Lewandowski to deliver a message to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting that he limit Mueller's inquiry.

In addition to Mueller, the committee is investigating the spending of taxpayer money at the president's hotels and properties and hush money payments Trump made to kill potentially embarrassing stories. Nadler said all of those investigations will inform the decision on whether to vote on articles of impeachment.

Republicans expressed their frustration with the entire process before the committee voted on Thursday. They say the committee cannot be in impeachment because the House has never voted to open an official inquiry.

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee, said the committee "has become a giant Instagram filter ... it's put in there to look like something, but it's really not."

Collins says Democrats are trying to have it both ways.

"My colleagues know very well they don't have the votes to authorize impeachment proceedings on the House floor, but they want to impeach the president anyway," Collins said in a statement released during the hearing. "So, they are pretending to initiate impeachment."

Categories: Ohio News

Young Ohio mother acquitted of killing newborn baby she buried in backyard

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 14:10

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A young Ohio mother who prosecutors said killed and buried her unwanted newborn in her backyard was acquitted by jurors Thursday.

The Warren County jury deliberated for four hours before acquitting 20-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges.

She was found guilty of corpse abuse.

Richardson began crying as verdicts were being read.

Warren County Judge Donald Oda II scheduled sentencing for 11 a.m. Friday on the abuse of a corpse charge. It carries a potential sentence of up to one year in prison, but as a first-time offender, she could get probation.

Prosecutors contended that the high school cheerleader wanted to keep her "perfect life." They said she hid her unwanted pregnancy and buried her baby in her family's backyard in May 2017, within days of her senior prom.

Her defense said the baby she named "Annabelle" was stillborn and that the teen was sad and scared.

The remains were found in July 2017 in Carlisle, a village about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Cincinnati.

Richardson faced life in prison if she had been convicted.

A forensic pathologist testified for the prosecution that she concluded the baby died from "homicidal violence." Prosecutors said Richardson had searched on the internet for "how to get rid of a baby." They played video for the jury of a police interview in which Richardson said the baby might have moved and made noises.

Cincinnati psychologist Stuart Bassman said "Skylar was being manipulated" into making false statements during interrogations. He described Richardson as a vulnerable, immature person whose dependent personality disorder makes her want to please authority figures, even to the point of making incriminating statements that were untrue.

Julie Kraft, an assistant prosecutor, suggested that besides wanting to please authorities, Richardson's desire to please her family and boyfriend and fear of them abandoning her could have motivated her to commit extreme acts.

Her attorneys had had twice asked to move the trial, citing intense publicity they said was fueled by the prosecution. But Oda II denied their motions.

The trial drew daily coverage from Court TV and at least two national TV network newsmagazines planned stories on it.

The case had divided people in her village of some 5,000 people, with Facebook pages devoted to it and some critics trying to record the Richardson family's comings and goings to post on social media.

Categories: Ohio News

Urban Meyer’s Pint House set to open Sept. 27 in Dublin

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 13:36

DUBLIN, Ohio — Former Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s new restaurant, “Urban Meyer’s Pint House,” is set to open Sept. 27.

The restaurant located at Dublin’s Bridge Park is expected to open its doors to the public at 3 p.m. that Friday, one day ahead of the game between Ohio State and Nebraska.

In celebration of the opening, 97.1 the Fan will be broadcasting live on game day from the restaurant.

The restaurant will be located at 6632 Longshore Street and is over 8,000 sq. ft.

“As a native Ohioan and proud former coach of the greatest college football program in the country, I wanted to be a part of creating an experience worthy of Buckeye residents and fans all across the country,” Meyer said in a press release.

The establishment will be partnered with area restaurant owner Chris Corso of Corso Ventures who was also responsible for opening several other restaurants in Columbus including Forno Kitchen & Bar, Standard Hall, Goody Boy Diner and Short North Pint House.

“In my career, I have opened 15 bars and restaurants here in central Ohio and while I am proud of all of them, I have to be honest and say that the anticipation and excitement for this Pint House far exceeds anything else my team and I have experienced,” Corso said.

Categories: Ohio News

'It must be earned': Ohio State football releases Indiana trailer

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 13:05

The Ohio State Buckeyes have released the trailer for their road and Big Ten Conference opener against Indiana.

This week's trailer is narrated by former Buckeye Terry McLaurin where he talks about the program's history in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes and Hoosiers kickoff at noon in Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.

Categories: Ohio News

DNA sample links man to 3 rapes over 5 years in Franklin County

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:13

Authorities say a man’s DNA has linked him to three rapes in Franklin County over a five-year span.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced the grand jury has indicted 44-year-old Tyrone Dee Smith in connection the rapes that happened between 2013 and 2017.

“This suspect had his DNA collected from a current pending Non-Support of Dependents case and a CODIS match was received earlier this summer linking this defendant to three unrelated and unsolved stranger rapes,” O’Brien said.

Smith has been indicted for one county of rape with a firearm specification, two counts of rape, one count of kidnapping with a firearm specification and two counts of kidnapping.

O’Brien said all three victims had sexual assault exams after their attacks.

“Police detectives submitted the victim’s sexual assault exam kits to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. A DNA profile on the rapist was established and entered into CODIS,” he said. Earlier this summer there was a CODIS hit to Tyrone Dee Smith following the DNA submission from his pending Non-Support of Dependents case, which linked him to all three of the unsolved rapes.”

Categories: Ohio News

Gamestop to close up to 200 stores

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:05

Game retailer Gamestop has announced that it will close 180 to 200 stores by the end of the fiscal year. The company announced its plans at a quarterly earnings call Tuesday.

“Optimizing our store base for an increasingly digital world is essential for the future and increasing the profit productivity,” CEO George Sherman said during the call. He said by reducing the number of brick and mortar stores, the company had the "opportunity to do even better and expand profitability."

According to Gamestop's earnings report, the company currently operates more than 5,700 stores across 14 countries. The company reported a total global sales decrease of 14.3% in the second quarter. Store sales decreased 11.6%.

The company's CFO, Jim Bell also said 195 stores had been closed in the last year. It is unclear which countries closed stores, and which countries will close stores in the future.

Shares for Gamestop fell more than 15% in extended training after the report was released, according to CNBC.

The video game retailer has been struggling as consumers overwhelmingly purchase games and gaming equipment online. Mobile gaming trends have also affected the brick-and-mortar stores' sales.

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Trump administration to drop Obama-era water protection rule

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:28

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration is revoking an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.

Even before the official announcement, scheduled for later Thursday, environmental groups blasted the administration's action, the latest in a series of moves to roll back environmental protections put into place under former President Barack Obama.

The Waters of the United States rule being revoked defines which waterways are subject to federal regulation.

"This action officially ends an egregious power grab and sets the stage for a new rule that will provide much-needed regulatory certainty for farmers, home builders and property owners nationwide," Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler and R.D. James, assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, wrote in a column published Thursday by the Des Moines Register.

Since enactment of the Clean Water Act in 1972, the federal government has gone beyond protection of navigable waterways and their major tributaries to assert jurisdiction over "isolated ponds and channels that flow only after it rains," the officials wrote.

"As the definition expanded, so too has Washington's power over private property and the states' traditional authority to regulate their land and water resources," they said.

President Donald Trump had ordered the agencies to develop a replacement policy that has a more restrictive definition of protected wetlands and streams, leaving fewer subject to federal protection.

Environmentalists say the move would leave millions of Americans with less safe drinking water and allow damage of wetlands that prevent flooding, filter pollutants and provide habitat for a multitude of fish, waterfowl and other wildlife.

The Natural Resources Defense Council said the Trump administration's action would be challenged in court.

"The Clean Water Rule represented solid science and smart public policy," it said in a statement. "Where it has been enforced, it has protected important waterways and wetlands, providing certainty to all stakeholders."

But Don Parrish, congressional relations director for the American Farm Bureau Federation, says the 2015 regulation that extended federal protection to many U.S. wetlands and waterways created uncertainty about where farmers could cultivate land.

"It would be great if farmers didn't have to hire an army of consultants and lawyers just to be able to farm," he said.

Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota says the Obama rule was "an unconstitutional power grab that did nothing to advance good water management."

The question of which waters are covered under the Clean Water Act has inspired decades of lawsuits and congressional debate.

A sharply divided Supreme Court in 2006 produced three differing opinions, leading the Obama administration to craft its rule. It provided federal oversight to upstream tributaries and headwaters, including wetlands, ponds, lakes and streams that can affect the quality of navigable waters.

The regulation drew quick legal challenges. Courts prevented it from taking effect in parts of the U.S.

Betsy Southerland, who was director of science and technology in EPA's Office of Water during the Obama administration, said repealing its regulation would create further regulatory confusion.

"This repeal is a victory for land developers, oil and gas drillers and miners who will exploit that ambiguity to dredge and fill small streams and wetlands that were protected from destruction by the 2015 rule because of their critical impact on national water quality," Southerland said.

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After Dorian, Bahamas tackles massive clean-up

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:03

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas (AP) — Pastor Jeremiah Saunders stood in the golden afternoon sun and barely blinked as he debated what to pick out from the ruins of the church he built 22 years ago in the seaside village of High Rock on the eastern end of Grand Bahama island.

A black-and-blue necktie floated in a pool of water. Nearby, a ruptured set of drums lay toppled on its side. Bone-white sea shells were nestled in tufts of grass, flung there by the surging floodwaters that had carried Saunders for 200 yards until he managed to grab hold of a large pine tree branch, where he spent two days after Hurricane Dorian crashed ashore.

"I spoke to the water: 'Peace, be still.' It never listened," he said with a wide smile. But then he grew serious as he focused on the daunting cleanup facing the tens of thousands who live on Grand Bahama and Abaco, the two northern islands that were devastated by the Category 5 storm.

It will be a slow process that some are tackling in very small steps. Saunders picked out two hammers, five screwdrivers and three treasured Bibles.

In contrast, 67-year-old Mary Glinton in the nearby fishing village of McLean's Town wasted no time getting rid of all her ruined possessions. She created three piles of clothes stiffened by mud and set them on fire. A once-white lace curtain, a muddied pink wind-breaker and a pair of black pants all went into the flames. She most lamented that all her church clothes were ruined.

"I love blue, and most of my dresses are blue," she said standing near the fire in green flip-flops, her legs caked with mud. She also mourned the loss of her 1-year-old pet hog, Princess.

A preliminary report estimates Dorian caused some $7 billion in damage, but the government has not yet offered any figures. Crews have started to remove some debris on the islands, but they are moving slowly to avoid accidentally disturbing any bodies lying in the rubble. The official death toll stands at 50, and Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said he expects the number to significantly increase.

About 2,500 people are listed as missing in the hurricane's aftermath, although the government has cautioned that it still needs to check names against the rosters of people evacuated from the devastated islands or staying in shelters.

On Thursday, a cluster of heavy thunderstorms heading to the Bahamas threatened to further drench those trying to salvage belongings or living in tents in hard-hit communities. Meteorologists in the archipelago said they might issue a tropical storm advisory as the storm approaches, warning that the northwest Bahamas would once again be affected the most.

USAID officials, meanwhile, said they would distribute plastic sheeting ahead of the storm.

As the cleanup continued, the first hints of normalcy could be seen in Freeport, a city on Grand Bahama that is operated by a private company, which provides utilities and charges residents without any government involvement. Lights began to flicker on in some neighborhoods, and crews were seen repairing transformers in other areas.

Among those celebrating the return of electricity was Clifton Williams, who was driving home from work on Wednesday when he saw an illuminated streetlight for the first time since the hurricane.

"I didn't expect that so quickly," he said. "First thing I do, I cut on the fan and cool off myself," he added, saying he slept well for the first time in more than a week thanks to the fan.

But the small villages that dot the eastern coast of Grand Bahama have barely received any help. Some residents have been hitchhiking daily from Freeport to their destroyed homes to sort through their belongings and clean up.

Tereha Davis, a 45-year-old fisherwoman, said she was unable to find a ride one day and ended up walking eight miles under the blistering sun. She piled up the things she managed to salvage until she could find a ride back to Freeport with her few remaining possessions. On Wednesday, she walked through McLean's Town wearing purple surgical gloves, taking a break from cleaning as she looked for something sweet to drink for a boost of energy. She found nothing.

She and others said they had not seen any government officials and have only received food and water from nonprofit groups.

The prime minister acknowledged the difficult situation in a televised address late Wednesday.

"There have been problems in the coordination of this aid due to the magnitude of this devastation," Minnis said, adding that he understands the deep frustration of those dealing with "bureaucratic roadblocks" and pledged to reduce the red tape and bring in more aid and extra personnel.

"There are no words sufficient to describe this tragedy," Minnis said. "No Bahamian has ever seen anything like this in their lifetime."

As they wait for more help, people across Grand Bahama waded into the cleanup, tossing out mattresses, tearing off roof shingles and clearing branches and power lines.

At his Beulah Land Ministries church, the 61-year-old Saunders had been preparing to open a small boarding lodge for visiting mission groups before Dorian hit. He stood surrounded by gleaming white toilets and sinks, piles of shiny brown tiles and soggy rolls of burgundy carpet.

"I am going to rebuild," he said as he surveyed the ruins of his church. The only thing left unscathed was a wooden crucifix that he had nailed to a wall 22 years ago.

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Teen indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide in crash that killed pedestrian

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:23

COLUMBUS - A 16-year-old who hit and killed a pedestrian during a high-speed chase has been indicted on multiple charges including aggravated vehicular homicide.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced the indictment against Ramadhan Muridi.

On February 26, 2019, Muridi is accused of hitting and killing 61-year-old Arthur L. Smith as he was crossing South Hamilton Road.

Muridi was allegedly driving a Chevrolet Cruz that was stolen from Lansing, Michigan and was driving a high rate of speed when officers attempted to make a traffic stop.

The vehicle failed to stop after hitting spike strips and continued traveling recklessly causing him to hit Smith and then crashing the vehicle.

Three months after the crash, Smith died from his injuries.

Muridi was driving with four other juveniles from ages 12-15 who all jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot but were apprehended a short time after.

“The tragic death of this pedestrian was the result of this teenager’s excessive speed and reckless driving,” O’Brien said.

In August, a Franklin County Juvenile Court Judge ruled that Muridi will be tried as an adult.

Muridi has been indicted for one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of failure to stop after an accident, two counts of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, and two counts of receiving stolen property, totaling six counts.

Arraignment for Muridi is set for September 13.

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Mike Davis child porn case headed to grand jury; additional charges could be filed

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:44

COLUMBUS (WBNS) – Online court records show that Mike Davis’ child porn case is being sent to a grand jury, which could consider other charges.

Davis’ attorney Terry Sherman told 10 Investigates Thursday morning that he filed paperwork to waive Davis’ Friday appearance in Franklin Municipal Court and “bindover” the case to be considered by a Franklin County Common Pleas grand jury.

Davis was initially charged with one count of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor. Authorities alleged in a court record that among the images involved in the case included a prepubescent juvenile female involved in a sex act.

Authorities allege that Davis both sent and received images of children being sexually exploited. Multiple law enforcement sources tell 10 Investigates that the images number in the thousands and date back years.

10 Investigates has also learned that this week WBNS-TV turned over to law enforcement additional personal electronic devices that belonged to Davis. Station management had no additional comment on the matter.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said authorities will need more time to review what is on the recently obtained devices.

Davis, who worked at WBNS-TV for 31 years, was terminated by the station on Friday, one day after his arrest.

Davis bonded out of court on Friday, telling 10 Investigates that he could not comment, but offering some details – including stating that “nothing ever happened at work” and that he “never interacted with anyone” when pressed about if any children in the images were local or someone he knew.

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How did your school perform? 2018-19 report cards released for Ohio districts

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:06

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Education released its annual school report card Thursday.

This is the second year schools and districts were assigned an overall letter grade.

The grade is calculated using six components: achievement, progress, gap closing, improving at-risk K-3 readers, graduation rate and prepared for success. They also receive a letter grade on each of those components.

Columbus City Schools received an overall grade of D. Last year, the district received an F.

Click here to view all districts. To view additional documents and breakdowns from the state, click here.

Athens
Athens City C
Nelsonville-York City D
Alexander Local C
Federal Hocking Local C
Trimble Local D

Delaware
Delaware City B
Big Walnut Local B
Buckeye Valley Local B
Olentangy Local A

Fairfield
Lancaster City C
Amanda-Clearcreek Local C
Berne Union Local C
Bloom-Carroll Local C
Fairfield Union Local C
Liberty Union-Thurston Local C
Pickerington Local B
Walnut Township Local C

Fayette
Washington Court House City C
Miami Trace Local B

Franklin
Bexley City B
Columbus City School District D
Grandview Heights Schools A
South-Western City C
Upper Arlington City B
Westerville City C
Whitehall City D
Worthington City B
Canal Winchester Local C
Hamilton Local C
Gahanna-Jefferson City B
Groveport Madison Local D
New Albany-Plain Local A
Reynoldsburg City C
Hilliard City B
Dublin City B

Hocking
Logan-Hocking Local C

Jackson
Jackson City C
Wellston City C
Oak Hill Union Local C

Knox
Mount Vernon City C
Centerburg Local C
Danville Local C
East Knox Local D
Fredericktown Local B

Licking
Heath City C
Newark City D
Granville Exempted Village A
Johnstown-Monroe Local C
Lakewood Local D
Licking Heights Local C
Licking Valley Local C
North Fork Local D
Northridge Local C
Southwest Licking Local C

Logan
Bellefontaine City C
Benjamin Logan Local C
Indian Lake Local C
Riverside Local B

Madison
London City D
Jefferson Local C
Jonathan Alder Local B
Madison-Plains Local C

Marion
Marion City D
Elgin Local C
Pleasant Local C
Ridgedale Local C
River Valley Local B

Morrow
Mount Gilead Exempted Village C
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Highland Local C
Northmor Local C

Muskingum
Zanesville City D
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Franklin Local C
Maysville Local C
Tri-Valley Local C
West Muskingum Local D

Noble
Caldwell Exempted Village C
Noble Local C

Perry
New Lexington School District D
Crooksville Exempted Village D
Northern Local C
Southern Local C

Pickaway
Circleville City C
Logan Elm Local B
Teays Valley Local C
Westfall Local C

Pike
Eastern Local School District D
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Waverly City D
Western Local C

Richland
Mansfield City D
Shelby City C
Clear Fork Valley Local C
Crestview Local C
Lexington Local B
Lucas Local C
Madison Local D
Plymouth-Shiloh Local C
Ontario Local B

Ross
Chillicothe City D
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Huntington Local D
Paint Valley Local D
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Union-Scioto Local C
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Scioto
New Boston Local D
Portsmouth City D
Bloom-Vernon Local B
Clay Local D
Green Local C​
Minford Local C
Northwest Local C
Valley Local C
Washington-Nile Local C
Wheelersburg Local B

Union
Marysville Exempted Village B
Fairbanks Local B
North Union Local School District B

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Ohio medical board votes against anxiety, autism as medical pot condition

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 07:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Medical Board has voted to reject petitions seeking to add anxiety and autism spectrum disorders as qualifying conditions for physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients.

The vote Wednesday comes after a Medical Board committee last month recommended against approving the petitions. The panel says marijuana can provide temporary relief for anxiety but could cause panic attacks.

It also expressed concerns about autism patients and marijuana's effects on children's developing brains.

Board spokeswoman Tessie Pollock says the board could reconsider adding anxiety and autism to the list of 21 qualifying medical conditions if new studies or petitions are submitted.

The Ohio Medical Cannabis Cultivators Association says the board's decision harms people in need. The group notes 10 states allow medical marijuana for anxiety and 22 for autism.

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4-year-old cancer survivor surprised with "Bumblebees" for his birthday

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 05:41

Alexandria, Virginia — Whitaker Weinburger didn't know it, but on Wednesday, he was about to get the best fourth birthday a kid could ask for. That's how it should be, since Whitaker has been sick on his other birthdays, battling stage 4 neuroblastoma.

He's stable now, so his parents Seth and Erin wanted to make this birthday special.

"He had been telling us, I just want 100 Bumblebees for my birthday," Seth Weinburger said.

Bumblebees, as in Bumblebee the Transformer from the movies. Every time he sees a yellow car, he thinks it's the character.

So, Erin put out the word on social media and hundreds of yellow cars flooded their Alexandria, Virginia, neighborhood before dawn. It seemed like the whole neighborhood walked with Whitaker alongside those yellow cars more than a mile to his school.

His long-term prognosis is uncertain. But what is certain, it was a day for a superhero.

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Walmart rolls out unlimited grocery delivery subscription

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 05:22

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out an unlimited grocery delivery subscription service this fall as it races to gain an advantage in the competitive fresh food business.

The service will charge an annual membership fee of $98 for subscribers to access unlimited same-day delivery, which will be offered in 1,400 stores in 200 markets. By year-end, it will extend to a total of 1,600 stores — or more than 50% of the country.

The move allows the nation's largest grocer to further tap into time-starved shoppers looking for convenience at a time when Walmart is locked in an arms race with Amazon and others to expand fresh-food delivery — one of the fastest growing e-commerce sectors.

"We know this level of convenience resonates" with our customers, said Tom Ward, senior vice president of digital operations at Walmart U.S. "If you need milk, bananas and birthday presents, this is a fantastic solution."

The grocery services will be fulfilled by local stores and require a minimum order of $30. With same-day delivery, there's a four-hour minimum wait time between placing order and having it delivered. Walmart will also allow shoppers to order groceries online and pick them up at their local store or curbside for free. Curbside pickup is available at 3,000 stores and will expand to another 100 stores by the end of the year.

About 100,000 items, which include fresh food and pantry staples as well as select general merchandise like lightbulbs and basic toys, qualify for both grocery pickup and delivery. Walmart will also offer a monthly subscription option for $12.95; customers will still be able to pay a per-delivery fee of $7.95 or $9.95 for same-day delivery if they decide against the subscription service.

Walmart says it will rely on its more than 45,000 personal shoppers to pick products off store shelves to fulfill orders. It will also continue using the same patchwork of delivery services as before, including Postmates and DoorDash.

Walmart is facing increasing pressure to expand its fresh grocery delivery service amid fiercer competition in that space. About two years ago, its key rival Amazon purchased Whole Food Market Inc. and now is offering same-day grocery delivery in various cities. Meanwhile, AmazonFresh costs $14.99 a month and is available to Amazon Prime customers, who pay an annual membership fee of $119, in select cities.

Grocery delivery startup Shipt, whose store partners include Costco and Piggly Wiggly, currently charges $99 annually. Target, which bought Shipt in December 2017, announced in June a new option for Shipt shoppers to pay a per-order fee of $9.99 for the first time. It also integrated Shipt on Target.com. And last year, Instacart slashed its annual subscription fresh grocery service fee to $99 from $149.

Amazon changed consumer expectations when it launched two-day delivery for Prime members back in 2005 and forced other retailers to step up their game. But then the online behemoth needed to cut the delivery time in half to make its membership more attractive since others like Walmart offered free two-day deliveries without any membership.

This past spring, Amazon cut its two-day delivery to one day for Prime members. Soon after, Walmart began rolling out free next-day delivery for its most popular items with a minimum order requirement of $35 . It plans to roll out the service to 75% of the U.S. population by year-end.

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