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Congress heads toward postelection fight over border wall

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 05:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as GOP leaders signal they're willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and the president revs up midterm crowds for the wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign and a top White House priority.

President Trump is promising voters at rallies across the country that Republicans will bring tougher border security in campaign speeches that echo those that propelled him to office two years ago. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., promised a "big fight" over the border wall money and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has not ruled out a mini-shutdown as GOP leaders look to help Trump "get what he's looking for" on the wall.

"Democrats want to abolish America's borders and allow drugs and gangs to pour into our country," Trump said without evidence Wednesday during a swing through Erie, Pa.

"Right after the election we're doing something very strong on the wall," Trump added Thursday in an interview on "Fox & Friends."

Republicans steered clear of shutdown politics ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm election. They know voters have soured on government dysfunction, hold low views of Congress and are unlikely to reward Republicans — as the party in control of Congress and the White House — if post offices, national parks and other services are shuttered.

GOP leaders struck a deal with Democrats earlier this year to fund most of the government into next year. They presented their case to Trump in a White House meeting in September — complete with photos of the border wall under construction. Trump, who previously warned he would not sign another big budget bill into law without his border funds, quietly signed the legislation before the start of the new budget year Oct. 1.

Left undone, however, is the portion of the government that funds the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the border, and a few other agencies. They're now running on stopgap funds set to expire Dec. 7.

The deadline sets the stage for a new round of budget brawls.

"We intend on having a full-fledged discussion about how to complete this mission of securing our border and we will have a big fight about it," Ryan said in a speech at the National Press Club.

Asked if he made a commitment to Trump for a shutdown over wall funds, Ryan said blame would fall to Democrats, who are in the minority in Congress and largely oppose increased funding for the wall. Trump promised during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall — a claim Mexico rejects and Republicans routinely ignore.

"We have a commitment to go fight for securing the border and getting these policy objectives achieved," Ryan said.

House Republicans approved $5 billion for Trump's wall, including physical barriers and technology along the U.S. southern border, in a key committee, although it comes without Democratic support. A bipartisan bill being considered in the Senate allocates $1.6 billion for the wall, far short of the $5 billion the White House is seeking as part of a $25 billion, five-year plan to complete the project.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., upped the stakes Friday by introducing legislation for the full $25 billion in border funds as he bids for Ryan's job as the speaker retires. McCarthy's toured the southern border this week to make the case for the wall as he seeks to shore up support from conservatives skeptical of his possible leadership promotion.

McConnell predicted a "lively" lame-duck session and didn't close the door on the possibility of a mini-shutdown.

"We've got a lot of work left to do," he said in an AP Newsmakers interview. "That episode, if it occurs, would be in that portion of the government that we haven't funded."

Asked how much money Congress would try to secure for the border wall, McConnell said, "We're going to try to help (Trump) get what he's looking for."

The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Senate Republicans are willing to fight for more than the $1.6 billion currently being considered, but stopped short of predicting how much money Congress would approve.

"I think it's going to be a big fight . always because of the different views," Shelby said.

The midterm results will play a key role in how the fight over wall funding is resolved. If Republicans lose the House majority, as some analysts predict, they will lose leverage, although the GOP would still be able to force House passage of a wall-funding package in the lame-duck session. Prospects are murkier in the Senate, where 60 votes are required to break a filibuster.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said "Democrats believe in strong border security," but would not commit to a specific spending figure. "We're going to keep fighting for the strongest, toughest border security," he said.

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Melania Trump says "I really don't care" jacket was for the media

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 04:22

Melania Trump said the "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" jacket she wore in June on a plane to a Texas detention center housing immigrant children separated from their parents was a message for the media. The first lady made the comment during an interview with Tom Llamas on "20/20" that aired on Friday night.

Melania Trump said it's "obvious" the jacket's message was not for the children she visited. She visited a detention center along the U.S.-Mexico border during heightened tensions of President Trump's policy of separating migrant families.

"I wore the jacket to go on the plane and off the plane," the first lady said. "After the visit, I put it back on because I see how [the] media got obsessed about it."

She said she wore the jacket "for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me. I want to show them that I don't care. You could criticize whatever you want to say, but it will not stop me to do what I feel is right."

She appeared to backtrack in her next comment, calling the jacket "kind of a message, yes. I would prefer that they would focus on what I do and on my initiatives than what I wear."

Melania Trump's comments Friday echoed what President Trump tweeted about the jacket. After she returned home, President Trump tweeted the jacket's message "refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"

But the comments were not what her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said at the time, which was that it was "a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe."

In portions of the interview that were released earlier, Melania Trump called herself the "most bullied person" in the world.

Melania Trump said women who accuse men of sexual misconduct "need to show evidence." She also said her husband's alleged infidelities are "not concern and focus of mine."

The first lady criticized the media's speculation on their marriage. She said "we are fine" when asked if she loves her husband.

Llamas interviewed Melania Trump during her trip to Africa, her first solo trip abroad since President Trump took office in Jan. 2017.

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Car crash leaves 1 dead, another injured in Knox County

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 23:19

The Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on Township Road 389 in Morris Township on Friday.

At approximately 8:10 p.m., Scott A. Curnutte, 21, was driving eastbound on Township Road 389 when he lost control on the wet roadway and crashed into a tree off the left side of the road. Curnutte was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the car was transported to Knox Community Hospital with minor injuries.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected factors in this crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Mount Gilead Post of the OSHP.

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Buckeyes seeking more from ground game vs Minnesota

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 19:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been lighting up the scoreboard with touchdown passes. Next up is Minnesota, and the No. 3 Buckeyes will try to get their running game back on track.

Star tailbacks J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber combined for just 3.2 yards per carry in the last two games. The focus will involve more push from the offensive line when the Buckeyes host the Gophers on Saturday.

Short-yardage situations have triggered some stress on the Ohio State sideline.

Haskins leads the nation with 25 touchdown passes and is on track to break school records this season. He's also a drop-back guy and less likely to grind it out in short-yardage situations for the Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten).

Meyer liked having the "Q run" in his back pocket when dual-threat quarterback J.T. Barrett was there. The coach acknowledged some talk among coaches about having shifty backup quarterback Tate Martell come in the game on short-yardage situations.

"Third-and-1 is tough right now," Meyer said.

Minnesota (3-2, 0-2) has deeper problems, having absorbed season-ending injuries to two of its best players — running back Rodney Smith and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. The Gophers start true freshman walk-on quarterback Zack Annexstad , who has thrown five interceptions in the past two games. Freshmen and sophomores are carrying the load on offense.

But ever-optimistic coach P.J. Fleck likes his team's growth, despite the Gophers dropping the first two conference games.

"I hope everyone can see what we're becoming, because I can," he said.

Other things to watch in Saturday's game:

TOUCHDOWNS AND ACCOLADES

Haskins has brought big-play excitement to the Buckeyes.

He was named Big Ten offensive player of the week for the fourth time this season after throwing for a career-high 455 yards and six touchdowns against Indiana. One more of those awards and he'll tie Troy Smith for the school record. Smith did it in 2006 on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy.

Ohio State ranks third nationally in passing offense. Over the past three games alone, H-back Parris Campbell has caught 24 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns.

If Haskins has another big game, look for the Heisman chatter to get even louder.

TEENAGE TOWER

The Gophers have made true freshman Daniel Faalele the starter at right tackle, a switch made during the last game against Iowa when Anthony Nelson had three sacks while being blocked by sophomore Sam Schlueter. The Australia-born Faalele is listed at 6-foot-9 and 400 pounds.

"I think we just ride with him. Let him play. He's going to have to play. He's one of the strongest people probably in the Big Ten," said Fleck, on whether to preserve a redshirt season for Faalele.

ABOUT THAT HEADACHE

Meyer talked more this week about the severe headache that dropped him to one knee briefly on the sideline during last week's game. He gets them because of a cyst in his head but insists it doesn't affect his ability to coach.

"I've been dealing with that cyst for many years, and we had the surgery (to drain it) several years ago," he said. "And when it does take place, it's just, you know, they give me some medicine and I feel fine now. Just something I've got to monitor."

PASS-RUSH PROWESS

Though the Gophers are tied for the third-fewest sacks in the Big Ten with only eight, junior defensive end Carter Coughlin is tied with Iowa's Nelson and Ohio State's Dre'Mont Jones for the conference lead with five.

Coughlin, a converted linebacker whose work with new pass rush specialist coach Marcus West has been instrumental in improving his technique, had a strip-sack of Nate Stanley last week deep in Iowa territory that set up a Minnesota touchdown.

Categories: Ohio News

Fans celebrate the news of possible new Columbus Crew ownership

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 18:28

Inside Holy Moses off West 5th Avenue in Columbus, a yearlong protest came to an end, Friday.

Ethan McKinley's chin hasn't seen sunlight for 360 days. It was Oct. 16, 2017, when it was announced the Crew was leaving Columbus.

Friday, though. Friday was the day for change.

"To shave it because we saved the crew," he said.

It was a hairy hope that the crew would be saved.

"It was, like, a playoff beard for saving the Crew," he said.

A crowd of people gathered around him as he sat in a barber's chair, draped with a long black cape and shaved his beard. Onlookers would chant "Shave the Crew!" while others took their phones out to take videos or pictures.

A few doors down at Endeavor Brewing Company, a large crowd donning its gold and black welcomed the news that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and the Columbus-based Edwards family are in talks to keep the Crew in Columbus.

"If it is true, they should put a statue of Jimmy Haslam and the Edwards family right next to Lamar Hunt, where it needs to be, as the founding team of the MLS," Jason Earley said.

"Since day one, we've been saying this is the greatest soccer market in America," Morgan Hughes said. "Today hammered home that point."

Hughes knows a deal has yet to be inked, but says Friday's announcement is something to celebrate. Jocelyn Houck thought so, too.

"I went and got [my children] out of school and brought them to a bar," Houck laughed.

Houck raced home and got her Crew gear for her three children. She says it was too monumental to stay at work, or school. It's why they, too, were part of the celebration at Endeavor Brewing Company. She says Friday's news shows Columbus believes in the Crew.

"Maybe it doesn't always seem like it, but they do," she said. "At the heart of it all, it's soccer...it's everywhere."

Hughes says this is only the beginning.

"The Save the Crew era is over," he said. "The Saved the Crew era starts now. Here is where America finds out what Columbus is all about."

Categories: Ohio News

Hurricane Michael Relief: How you can help

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:04

10TV is partnering with Dream Center Columbus and The American Red Cross to help people impacted by Hurricane Michael.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, we are collecting new non-perishable food and cleaning supplies at two locations:

  • 10TV Studios located at 770 Twin Rivers Drive
  • Chick-fil-A Dublin located at 6051 Sawmill Road

Your donations will go to the hardest hit areas to help families who need it most.

ITEMS TO DONATE

Non-perishable food:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Hearty Soups
  • Mac N’ Cheese
  • Granola/Energy Bars
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Chicken
  • Tuna
  • Manual Can Openers

Cleaning supplies:

  • Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Window Cleaner
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Sponges
  • Magic Eraser Sponges
  • Paper Towels
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Insect Repellant
  • Bleach
  • Dish Soap

*You can drop off any of the above items in a reusable shopping bag.

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"It hurt deep inside": Cancer survivor says he was asked to cover face at South Carolina store

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:18

A cancer survivor says he was brought to tears after a store owner told him to cover his face or leave on Monday. Kirby Evans' daughter wrote a Facebook post about her dad's experience at Forks Pit Stop in Walterboro, South Carolina.

Brandy Evans says her dad went into the store to buy something to eat, but before he could grab a seat at a table, the owner "grabbed him by his shirt and pulled him into her office."

"She told him 'IF HE WAS GOING TO EAT IN HERE HE WOULD HAVE TO COVER HIS FACE!!,'" Brandy Evans wrote on Facebook. "He left and went home in tears to tell me what happened."

Evans says her dad is a cancer survivor and lost his left eye and nose during his battle with the disease. "My father was discriminated against because of the way he looks. He cannot help what the cancer did to him," she wrote.

"It hurt deep inside," Kirby Evans told CBS Charleston affiliate WCSC. "I've never been treated like that. Never."

Brandy Evans called her dad the strongest man she knows. "It hurt me to see him hurt like this, especially over something he cannot help. My father is also on a fixed income and can not afford the surgeries it would to take to fix... where his nose was," she wrote.

She calls out the store manager in the post. "Just so you know ... my father can not cover his face with an eye patch. It rubs the eye socket raw and where his nose was," Evans wrote. "It has to stay open."

Brandy Evans said the store owner, Donna Crosby, commented on the Facebook post and said in part, "I in no way tried to hurt your father ... I had no choice! It was running my customers off."

CBS News reached out to Crosby and has yet to hear back. Her husband told WCSC that she was emotionally upset and can't talk about what happened, but that the store is wrongfully accused.

Evans' Facebook post went viral and inspired her to create a GoFundMe page for her dad titled "Cancer does not discriminate." It has raised over $7,000 from 281 people in one day.

"I'm telling you what, I didn't know there's that many people out there that cared," the cancer survivor said. "But there are. They're out there. Everywhere."

Brandy Evans told WCSC that many local residents have rallied around her dad since hearing about the incident.

"It's really made me proud to watch everybody rally around him and let him know that he doesn't have to hide his battle scars," she said.

Categories: Ohio News

Ex-Ohio Highway Patrol trooper gets prison for drug charges

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in a drug trafficking ring.

Jason Delcol, of Delaware, Ohio, apologized at sentencing in Columbus on Friday, The Columbus Dispatch reports. His attorney attributed Delcol's actions to substance abuse problems.

Delcol pleaded guilty in May to a drug conspiracy charge, witness tampering and possessing an unregistered firearm and silencer.

Prosecutors said Delcol sold illegal drugs, provided an accomplice with a bulletproof vest and lied to police to protect the accomplice. The drugs included testosterone, anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and oxycodone.

Delcol was one of six people arrested for being part of a central Ohio drug ring. The patrol fired Delcol when he was indicted in February.

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Announcement expected regarding future of Columbus Crew SC

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:01

Rumors have been circulating that a major update concerning the future of Crew SC in Columbus is expected today.

A source issued the following statement to 10TV’s Dom Tiberi:

“Lots of rumors swirling involving the Columbus Crew including Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam as a possible owner. We expect some kind of statement later today concerning the ongoing negotiations to save the Crew.”

Anthony Precourt, owner of Crew SC, has been pushing for months to move the team to Austin, the largest city in the country without a major professional sports franchise.

While the league front office has supported Precourt’s desire to look around for a new city, picking up and relocating from Ohio to Austin hasn’t been easy. It hasn’t been a slam-dunk deal in Austin and the state of Ohio is suing to block the move.

Fan groups in Columbus have rallied to try to save their team, the 2008 MLS champion which was one of league’s founding clubs when it started in 1996.

Precourt has complained that Columbus has a lack of corporate sponsors and said the Crew’s current stadium, which opened in 1999 as the first soccer-specific stadium in the U.S., is showing age and needs to be replaced.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has said the league is reluctant to see one of the original franchises move, but has also backed Precourt’s desire to look for a new home. Deputy MLS Commissioner Mark Abbott has visited with a partnership in Columbus that is interested in buying the team to keep it there.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Facebook says hackers accessed 29 million people's accounts

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:06

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says hackers accessed data from 29 million accounts as part of the security breach disclosed two weeks ago.

The exact number hadn't been known before. Originally Facebook said 50 million accounts could have been affected, but Facebook didn't know if they had been misused.

The hackers accessed name, email addresses or phone numbers from those 29 million accounts. For 14 million of those accounts, hackers got even more data, such as hometown, birthdate, the last 10 places they checked into or 15 most recent searches. One million accounts were affected but hackers didn't gain information. The social media service plans to send messages to people whose accounts were hacked.

Facebook said third-party apps and Facebook apps like WhatsApp and Instagram were unaffected by the breach.

Facebook said the FBI is investigating, but asked the company not to discuss who may be behind the attack.

Previously, Facebook said the attackers gained the ability to "seize control" of those user accounts by stealing digital keys the company uses to keep users logged in. They could do so by exploiting three distinct bugs in Facebook's code. The company said it has fixed the bugs and logged out affected users to reset those digital keys.

At the time, CEO Mark Zuckerberg — whose own account was compromised — said attackers would have had the ability to view private messages or post on someone's account, but there's no sign that they did.

Categories: Ohio News

Leaves are still green: The best time to see Fall foliage in central Ohio

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:47

Some of the best things about Ohio's Autumn season are the rustling of the leaves under your feet, the cooler temperatures and the Fall smell in the air.

But some people are wondering, where are the Fall colors?

This year the Fall foliage is expected to peak around the week of October 22 in the northeast portion of the state and in central and southern Ohio will peak the last 10 days of October.

This year is different from 2017, when almost all of the country had reached peak or beyond peak by early October.

Warmer temperatures and rain in September is to the reason for the later peak in colors for 2018.

Naturalists say in order for leaves to change color we need dry weather, cool nights and warm days.

"Usually what we like to see to get great fall color is cool crisp nights, nice fall days and a little bit of dryness and this year it hasn't been that way. We've had a lot of rain, it's been warm and humid. We'll still get fall color it just may not be as strong as we get some years," Metro Parks Naturalist Scott Felker Explains.

Some of the best places to see the changing leaf colors in Central Ohio are at High Banks Metro Park, Blendon Woods, Chestnut Ridge, Slate Run and Clear Creek Metro Park.

Click here to see the Fall Foliage Prediction Map

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Delaware County Sheriff's K9 dies 6 months after retirement

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:42

A former K9 deputy has died six months after retiring from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office announced Lacey's death Friday morning.

The accomplished K9 retired in April at 9 years old due to hip problems and a heart murmur.

According to the sheriff's office, Lacey has several career accomplishments with her partner Deputy Scott Gaines, including being called upon by the FBI to help with cases throughout the country. In one case she helped locate a serial killer and in another, she found a missing child.

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Toyota recalls trucks, SUVs and cars to fix air bag problem

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:28

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling nearly 188,000 pickup trucks, SUVs and cars worldwide because the air bags may not inflate in a crash.

The recall covers 2018 and 2019 Tundra pickups and Sequoia SUVs as well as 2019 Avalon sedans.

Toyota says the air bag control computer can erroneously detect a fault when the vehicles are started. With a fault, the air bags may not deploy in a crash. The company wouldn't say if the problem has caused any injuries.

Toyota will notify owners and dealers will update the air bag control software. The recall is expected to begin Oct. 22.

Toyota says the recall covers about 185,000 vehicles in North America and 2,600 in other markets.

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Ohio patrol, 2 other states' police focus on safety on I-70

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 08:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's State Highway Patrol and state police from two adjacent states are collaborating this weekend along Interstate 70 on focused enforcement of laws related to speeding, safety and operating vehicles impaired (OVI).

The enforcement effort that began at 12:01 a.m. Friday will continue through the weekend, ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. It includes state police from Indiana and Pennsylvania as well as Ohio state troopers.

All three agencies are members of a multi-state law enforcement partnership known as the 6-State Trooper Project. That project involving Ohio and five other states aims to combine and coordinate law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

Ohio's patrol says more than 14,000 OVI-related crashes occurred on Ohio's roadways in 2017, killing 397 and injuring 8,803.

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Ohio Air National Guard getting its 1st female brigadier general

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 07:44

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Air National Guard will soon have its first female brigadier general.

A guard release says Col. Rebecca O'Connor will become brigadier general in the Ohio Air National Guard during a promotion ceremony Friday afternoon in Columbus.

O'Connor also will become the guard's chief of staff.

The guard says O'Connor has served in numerous operational and staff positions and commanded units at the squadron and group level. She has served as commander of the 124th Intelligence Squadron and the 178th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group.

O'Connor also served as vice commander of the 178th Wing at the Springfield Air National Guard Base.

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CPD: Woman in critical condition after accidental shooting in east Columbus

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 05:19

COLUMBUS - A woman is in critical condition after an accidental shooting in east Columbus, according to Columbus police.

It happened on Thursday at 7:35 p.m. in the 1800 block of E. Long Street.

Police say that a man and a woman were driving in a vehicle when the man allegedly shot the woman in the back.

Police are investigating this incident as an accidental shooting.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Columbus Police Assault Unit at 614-645-4141 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

Stay with 10TV for updates on this developing story.

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Georgia girl, 11, dies as Michael hurls debris through roof

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:48

ATLANTA — By all accounts, Sarah Radney was safe inside her grandparents' home when Hurricane Michael roared into southwest Georgia.

If the family feared anything, it was probably falling trees — not a carport next to the house.

In what could only be described as a freak accident, authorities say Michael's powerful winds lifted the portable structure high into the air and slammed it back down on the house. When it landed, one of the legs tore through the roof, fatally striking the 11-year-old girl in the head.

Michael dropped from a Category 4 hurricane to a Category 1 as it arrived in Georgia, and later weakened to a tropical storm. Still, it caused havoc in parts of the state, spinning off tornadoes and leaving downed trees, damaged buildings and power outages behind as it marched toward the Carolinas.

Sarah had the week off from school for fall break and she and her 12-year-old brother had been staying at their grandparents' house near a lake in Seminole County since Monday. They were supposed to return home Thursday morning.

At home in Cairo about 45 miles away, Sarah's father and stepmother, Roy and Amber Radney, kept in touch with her grandparents through frequent phone calls as the storm winds gusted around them.

Roy Radney was outside Wednesday evening when the call came that something had come through the roof and hit Sarah and his mother. Sarah had been struck in the face, couldn't breathe and quickly fell unconscious.

About 45 minutes later, Amber Radney called her father-in-law and learned Sarah was gone.

Emergency responders weren't able to reach the home until after midnight because power lines and trees blocked the roads. When they finally made it, they took Sarah's grandmother to a hospital, where she was treated for a punctured lung, a broken rib and flesh wounds, Amber Radney said.

The youngest of four until her father remarried and had two more daughters, Sarah loved being around her big family and made everything more fun, Roy and Amber Radney said in phone interviews with The Associated Press on Thursday.

"We couldn't ever get her to spend the night nowhere because she always wanted to be home with her family," Roy Radney said. "She was 11 years old, but she liked to have fun like a 5-year-old."

Sarah loved to perform, her father said. When she started sixth grade this year, she began playing the trumpet in the school band and had recently been in a play with the drama club.

Amber Radney said one of her favorite memories is of making a video of Sarah dancing to Outkast's "Hey Ya!" in a park about two years ago.

"She was so beautiful and she smiled so much that day," Amber Radney said. "She lit up everything."

Other parts of Georgia also were hit hard by the storm. National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Willis said there were two confirmed tornado touchdowns in the state: one in southwest Atlanta and another in Crawford County in central Georgia.

Willis said the Atlanta-area tornado was an EF0, the lowest intensity rating for a tornado, with sustained winds of 65 to 85 mph. The damage there consisted mostly of fallen trees.

Willis said that a team was still working in Crawford County to assess the damage and intensity of the tornado.

In Roberta, in Crawford County, Hill Bentley said he saw spinning clouds that looked like a tornado Wednesday.

"I told my wife, Judy, 'Come on out, you want to see what a tornado looks like?'"

Bentley's home wasn't hit, but his friend Bradley Lewis wasn't so lucky. Dozens of fallen pines littered Lewis' front and back yards, and his roof and back porch were damaged. Luckily, he was not injured.

"Kaboom! Like the world moved or something," Lewis said of the moment when the trees snapped while he sheltered inside.

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Categories: Ohio News

Large fire at AEP substation near Groveport after transformer failure

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 19:53

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio - There is a fire at an AEP Ohio substation after a transformer failed Thursday night around 8:30.

AEP said the substation is on Bixby Road in the Groveport area.

No one was hurt and no customers are affected, according to AEP.

The Groveport Fire Department said the equipment on fire is a transformer that sends power long distances.

Battalion Chief Steve Martin with the Columbus Division of Fire said there are between 20,000 and 30,000 gallons of flammable fuel in an underground tank fueling the flames.

Martin said they are going to let the fuel burn off because trying to put it out could spread the fuel which could cause more problems.

It is unclear how long the fire could burn.

The cause of the transformer failure is still being investigated but the Groveport Fire Department said it is believed to be accidental.

There is no concern about smoke in nearby neighborhoods because the smoke is going up into the sky rather than over to where people are living, according to the Groveport Fire Department.

The Environmental Protection Agency has been called to the scene, Martin said.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said the road was closed near the scene but it has since reopened.

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Members of Columbus City Council hear proposal, sides on ticket tax

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 19:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Members of the Rules and Reference Committee with Columbus City Council heard arguments both for and against the proposed ticket tax on Thursday.

"We have convened this public hearing to review the proposal and, more importantly, to hear feedback from the community," Council President Shannon Hardin said at the start of the meeting.

The hearing was on the seven percent ticket tax, proposed by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, which would be applied to non-profit arts and cultural organizations, performing arts, movies and sporting events at Nationwide Arena, The Schottenstein Center and Ohio Stadium.

Tom Katzenmeyer with the Arts Council said it would give Columbus a much-needed financial shot in the arm.

"If we fail to stabilize our arts and cultural sector and arena, our city will suffer tangible losses," he said.

If passed, the tax would bring in more than $12 million a year in revenue and 70 percent of it would be given to arts and culture and about 30 percent, or roughly $4 million, would go to upkeep and upgrade Nationwide Arena to hopefully keep it around for the next 20 years.

Most of the speakers from the public were in favor of the tax.

The arts council provided a list of more than 50 organizations and individuals that support the proposal. Some though were not in agreement.

"So, here they are again begging for operating costs while using the arts as a way to gain favor," one man said at the podium. "It's really nothing more than a sleazy tactic that anyone with a lick of political perception can see right through."

One man called the proposal "unjust, financially harmful, unneeded and wrong for every ticket purchaser for every family and for every event in our community."

Only about half of the list of speakers were heard before President Hardin ended the meeting at 7 p.m.

Hardin said the committee will draft a revised proposal in a couple of months. At that time, he says, another public hearing will be scheduled.

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Shooting victim found at gas station in east Columbus, hospitalized in critical condition

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 18:27

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A shooting victim was found at the Turkey Hill Mini Mart in the 1800 block of East Broad Street Thursday night, according to Columbus police.

Police said the person was found there around 7:45 p.m. and was taken to Grant Medical Center.

Police are still investigating and looking into where the shooting happened.

Suspect information has not been released.

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