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Dayton mayor offers model solution after city cuts opioid overdose deaths in half

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 20:52

As opioid addiction and related deaths continue to grip this nation, the leader of one Ohio city is looking to spread an initiative that has reduced accidental opioid overdose deaths.

In 2017, the metropolitan city of Dayton had one of the highest overdose rates in the nation. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says she was able to change that by taking a new approach.

“The community really rallied together and we created what we call the 'Community Overdose Action Team or the COAT,” Whaley said.

The initiative COAT or Community Overdose Action Team is a collaboration of community impact groups — agencies ranging from health departments to law enforcement — connect with the goal of reducing opioid deaths in the city of Dayton.

“We actually go back the next day with police and fire and say 'Hey, do you want help?' and say, 'Hey, let’s talk about it,'" Whaley said.

The mayor says a combination of COAT and former Governor John Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid in 2015 has granted hundreds of thousands of Ohioans unprecedented access to addiction and mental health services.

“In 2018, we cut those accidental overdose deaths in half, which has elicited some national news and we’re pleased with that," Whaley said.

As Franklin County continues to see accidental overdose deaths rise year to year, Whaley says what is being done just east of the capital city can be done anywhere.

“Let's use the tools that will really be successful," she said. "Let’s learn more about this disease and let's work it so we can really bring families and communities together.”

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Woman becomes first known person with autism to practice law in Florida

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 18:30

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — At 3, Haley Moss was diagnosed with autism and doctors thought she may never be able to get a drivers license or make a friend. Last month, she became the first openly autistic person to be admitted to the Florida Bar.

When I was diagnosed with autism at age 3, my parents were told I’d be lucky if I got a driver’s license or even made a friend.

21 years later, they saw me get sworn into The Florida Bar. #JourneyToEsquire complete ✅⚖️

— Haley Moss (@haleymossart) January 14, 2019

Not only did the Parkland native graduate from the University of Miami School of Law and pass the Florida Bar, but she has also published multiple books, lives independently and works at a top law firm in Miami, though like many of us, she still sometimes forgets to do her laundry.


A few weeks into her legal career, she has already seen how some of her strengths and struggles affect her work.

"I'm very passionate about things I enjoy and I love to write," Moss said. "That's also part of why I went to law school, and I love to be able to help others, so even with writing, I love that I'm able to express myself completely and what I can say has the ability to help someone else."

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh administered the oath to Moss at her Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony in Miami.

Joseph Zumpano is a co-founder and managing shareholder of Zumpano Patricios, the Coral Gables-based law firm founded in 2003 that offered Moss a job before she passed the bar exam. He said his firm's practice areas, which include anti-terrorism and managed care law, are "intrinsically related" to his decision to hire Moss.

Zumpano's firm's notable victories include a 2004 lawsuit against the Cuban government for the killing of an American pilot flying missions for the CIA and a 2015 suit in which he represented Antonio Caballero, whose father, Carlos Caballero, the Colombian ambassador to the United Nations, was kidnapped, tortured and killed by Colombian guerrillas and drug-trafficking groups.

"When I was introduced to Haley by a former lawyer at our firm, I immediately picked up on the fact that she was obviously brilliant — brilliant and a good person," Zumpano said.

"As a core value, we wanted to be the first firm to bring in an openly autistic lawyer and make the point that if you align people to their strengths then given the chance, they excel," he said. "To our knowledge, Haley is the first lawyer that we know of in a substantial law firm in the state of Florida that is openly autistic. There may be others but we haven't found them."

For Zumpano, the decision also comes from a personal place of understanding and a desire to increase diversity among his firm.

"I have a child who is severely autistic," he said. "He is largely nonverbal, he will speak a few words, but he is an angel, and it's been my honor and my wife's honor to have him in our lives, and we raise him and we love him and we hope for a day when there's a better future for what we would consider neurodiversity in our country."

Moss and Zumpano offered a few points of advice for potential employers of people who may be living with autism or other diagnoses.

"To employers, I would say 'don't put limits,' and 'you're investing in what someone can do, and you need to look at what people can do as opposed to what they might not be able to do,'" Moss said. "A disability generally is not all-encompassing, it is just part of who someone is, not everything they are. Everyone is unique, everyone has strengths and weaknesses and everyone has talent."

To those who may be reluctant to increase neurodiversity among their employees, Zumpano says "get ready, here we come."

"The advantages that I'm going to have, tactically, when I open up my firm to people with neurodiverse conditions, with strengths that may be overlooked, I'm going to get the benefit, this firm is going to get the benefit and the clients are going to get the benefit," he said. "Our firm is at a level where we can actually align people with extraordinary strengths to achieve extraordinary outcomes."

They also encouraged people seeking jobs to never give up and capitalize on their strengths, rather than be limited by their weaknesses or perceived weaknesses.

"My advice for people with disabilities and people with autism that are looking for jobs or anything is don't place limits on yourself and knowing what you're good at helps a lot, too," Moss said.

"If you're an autistic individual or a family with an autistic family member, don't let anybody else's perceptions of your limitations dictate your own," Zumpano said. "Haley has broken through this glass ceiling, and the firm is proud to be the hammer that shatters it, there's hope for everybody."

Moss said "even with parents of young children, I always tell them, 'you're going to be amazed at what your child is able to do. Their journey is just beginning when you get a diagnosis. They're going to be so talented and you're going to be constantly surprised and amazed,' and to really embrace that and embrace what makes them who they are, and what they're good at and what makes them special."

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Police: 2 taken to hospital in I-71 northbound crash

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:38

I-71 northbound is closed at Weber Road following a multi-vehicle crash Sunday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. Columbus police say two people have been taken to the hospital with one in serious condition and another in stable condition.

Traffic is being diverted onto the Weber Road exit off of I-71, police say.

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Anthony Weiner released from federal prison early under re-entry program

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 15:25

Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit material to a teen, has been released from federal prison ahead of the end of his 21-month sentence.

Federal records show Weiner, who was imprisoned in Massachusetts, is now being housed at a Residential Re-entry Management facility in Brooklyn, New York, ahead of his final release date of May 14. The records do not state when Weiner was transferred from the Massachusetts prison.

Weiner, 54, was sentenced to jail time after he pleaded guilty in 2017 to sending obscene material to a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 over another scandal involving lewd messages, began his sentence at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Massachusetts in November 2017. He was initially slated to be released on August 5, 2019, but his release was moved up to May due to good behavior, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

Weiner was also sentenced to serve three years probation upon his release and was required to register as a sex offender.

Before his sentencing, Weiner, who was previously married to former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, called himself a "sick man" and an "addict." He said he accepted full responsibility for victimizing "a young person who deserved better" and called the crime he committed his personal "rock bottom."

After the 15-year-old came forward with emails between herself and Weiner, prosecutors began an investigation into his laptop, which led to the discovery of a batch of emails from Clinton to Abedin. Former FBI Director James Comey reopened the investigation in Clinton's emails in the final weeks before the 2016 election.

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Dog reunited with owner after 8 month, 175-mile journey

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 14:51

SOUTH PARIS, Maine (AP) — A dog that went missing in Massachusetts months ago has been reunited with its family after being found in Maine, 175 miles away.

The Bangor Daily News reports 5-year-old king shepherd Kaiser made his way from Ashby, Massachusetts, to South Paris, Maine, over a span of eight months. The pooch jumped a wall at the home of a woman who was caring for him before going missing.

Kaiser's owner, Tom Wollcott, and his children were reunited with the dog Sunday morning. Wollcott conducted an exhaustive search, including using a drone to try to find Kaiser.

A Bethel, Maine, woman had been feeding Kaiser and called animal control, which took the dog to a no-kill shelter in South Paris. The shelter says in a Facebook post that Wollcott was then able to identify Kaiser.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio lawmakers studying error that could ban some guns

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 11:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A mistake in writing up an Ohio bill could inadvertently ban several types of already legal guns and must be fixed quickly, gun rights advocates say.

At issue is legislation approved by lawmakers last year that allows off-duty police officers to carry firearms and phases in pre-emption of many local firearms restrictions, among other changes.

The bill also attempted to align Ohio law with federal law regarding short-barrel weapons, or generally speaking shotguns with barrel lengths less than 16 inches.

Such guns are legal under federal law but classified as illegal in Ohio, even though many gun stores sell them. As the bill was being drafted, a misplaced paragraph unintentionally lumped a variety of long guns into a prohibited category.

Those could include semi-automatic AK-47s and any long gun with a pistol grip, which could also affect shotguns used in competitive shooting.

It's unclear if the mistake would cause gun owners problems in "real-world terms," said Dean Rieck, executive director of the gun rights group Buckeye Firearms, who said who said he's consulted with lawyers for the National Rifle Association and Ohio's Legislative Services Commission, among others.

Nevertheless, "We would prefer they deal with it immediately because it is causing a lot of concern and confusion among gun owners in Ohio," Rieck said.

Republicans who control the Senate don't believe the error would affect the way the law, which takes effect in late March, is applied. "However, members have prepared an amendment that would remove any alleged ambiguity," said John Fortney, a Senate GOP spokesman.

Republican House Speaker Larry Householder plans to examine the issue further, said spokeswoman Gail Crawley.

One option is fixing the error in the state budget, which will be introduced March 15 but won't be passed into law until July 1. Such a delay is unacceptable, said Chris Dorr, executive director of Ohio Gun Owners.

Without a quick solution, "it has the potential to make us all felons," he said.

The mistake illustrates the problem of rushing legislation through a lame duck session, said Sen. Cecil Thomas, a Democrat from Cincinnati.

"It's just a bad way to do business now, and mistakes are made, and this is an example of that," said Thomas, a retired police officer.

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Columbus State now offers social workers on campus for students

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 06:29

Many students at Columbus State Community College are challenged with working full-time jobs and parenting while studying to earn degrees.

"I knew it would be hard," said Jenae Parker, a consortium transfer student at Columbus State, who is also mother to an 8-year old daughter. "When things are hectic in your personal life, it takes away from your bandwidth when you're in class. Sometimes I can be in class worrying about how I'm going to pay my rent or how I'm going to provide a meal for my daughter and myself."

The community college has partnered with the Franklin County Department of Jobs and Services to provide a social worker on campus.

"We offer food assistance, cash assistance, medical coverage, [and] we have PRC which is emergency assistance," said Omar Rose, a caseworker who assists students on campus. "We also offer publicly funded childcare."

Rose has been on campus for 3 weeks. He says he's already encountered students who are homeless and in need of emergency funds.

"A lot of people are very happy that we are here because we are so accessible between class and work," Rose said. "It’s very difficult for them to get to an agency or on the phone, to connect with a case manager. So, me being here they are able to go to class and come directly here."

County officials say this new resource will give students the opportunity to complete their degrees with less stress.

"We understand that place-based strategies work," said Joy Bivens, director of Franklin County Job and Family Services. "Students wouldn't have to jump on buses to get to one of our opportunity centers farther away from campus. It doesn't disrupt their day. They can go see the case manager right down the hall -- or even across campus, so they can attend class."

According to county officials, Columbus State is the first institution in Franklin County of higher learning to offer social work on their campus.

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4 dead after Mississippi hostage standoff, shooting

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 05:54

CLINTON, Miss. — Authorities say four people are dead and a suspect is in custody after a domestic dispute in Mississippi led to a fatal hostage standoff.

Clinton city spokesman Mark Jones says the incident began about 2:30 a.m. Saturday inside a Clinton home and lasted for about 12 hours.

Jones says four people were killed but did not provide any other details about the deaths in the Jackson suburb.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says the suspect has been taken into custody. Clinton Police Chief Ford Hayman says two small children who had been inside were released before the hostage situation came to an end.

Capt. Johnny Poulos says the MBI took over the case because the shooting involved police. He could not provide any information on what led to the shooting.

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Patrick Caddell, pollster to Jimmy Carter, dies at 68

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 05:49

WASHINGTON — Patrick Caddell, the pollster who helped propel Jimmy Carter in his longshot bid to win the presidency and later distanced himself from Democrats, has died, a colleague said Saturday night. He was 68.

Caddell died Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, after suffering a stroke. That's according to Professor Kendra Stewart of the College of Charleston, who confirmed the death to The Associated Press.

After working with Democrats in the 1970s and 1980s, Caddell eventually drifted away from the Democratic Party and began advising supporters of Republican Donald Trump and was a contributor to Fox News for a time.

Caddell worked for 1972 Democratic nominee George McGovern, then joined with Carter in the mid-1970s to develop a campaign strategy to overcome the cynicism spawned by the Vietnam War and Watergate. In an oral history for the University of Virginia's Miller Center, Caddell said Carter's best bet was to present himself as an outsider who could help heal the country.

As a student at Harvard, Caddell had studied Southern politics and was helpful to Carter and his close advisers as they studied how to maneuver their campaign between the competing forces of the McGovern liberals and supporters of conservative firebrand George Wallace.

Caddell, a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and the Georgia governor found they had many ideas in common about how he could win the presidency. As a one-term governor from the South, Carter would have to offer a compelling outsider theme.

"In order to win, he had to articulate a sense of what had happened to the country through Vietnam and Watergate. If you go back and look at those speeches that he gave early in the campaign, he would talk about the damage to the country, its psychology," Caddell said in the oral history. "Essentially, what he was running on in the campaign was that the country had been psychologically devastated by the previous decade of events. He was offering himself as a healer..."

Carter won the presidency, but Caddell, known at the time for his bushy black beard with a gray streak, preferred to advise the president from outside the White House.

Caddell warned Carter of the dangers of getting out of touch with the voters who had embraced him during the campaign. But one bit of Caddell advice seemed to backfire.

Caddell wrote a memo warning of crisis of confidence that Americans were experiencing and urged Carter to address them directly about it. That became known as the "malaise" speech, though Carter never used that word.

He lost re-election a year later, in a bid complicated by economic fears, an intraparty challenge and the Iran hostage situation. The winner, Ronald Reagan, offered an optimistic vision of the country.

Caddell consulted with other Democratic presidential candidates in the 1980s and was a close adviser to Joe Biden during his failed 1988 bid for the presidency.

In explaining his break from Democrats, Caddell said he thought the party was no longer "a party of the people" but had been hijacked by elites, the well-educated, Wall Street and interest groups.

He noted in a 2016 speech to students at Michigan's Hillsdale College that he was offended when the Democrats at their national convention would not allow Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey Sr., who was against abortion, to deliver a convention speech. Caddell considered the Democrats to be guilty of "the stifling of dissent."

And he commended Trump for reaching out to people the Democrats were not effective in reaching, and his willingness to take on "the political class."

Stewart said Caddell died early Saturday at the hospital and had not been ill, so it was a surprise to those who knew him.

Among his many projects, he was a guest lecturer at the College of Charleston and the Citadel, she said.

"After escaping Washington, he sought refuge in L.A., where he was a writer and producer on 'West Wing' with Aaron Sorkin and consulted on other films such as 'Outbreak,' 'Air Force One' and 'In the Line of Fire,'" Stewart said.

"These past years he has been consulting, conducting research and writing on the state of voter unrest and dissatisfaction with the political system. I worked with him through his company, Caddell Associates, on many of these projects," Stewart said. "He was a passionate man who wanted nothing more than to leave his grandchildren a better country."

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Aurora shooting victims ranged from intern to plant manager

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 05:39

CHICAGO — The victims of a disgruntled employee who opened fire at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse were co-workers ranging from an intern to the plant manager. A look at the victims:


The 21-year-old Northern Illinois University student was on his first day as an intern in human resources at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora and attended the fateful meeting where the gunman was fired and then started shooting.

Jay Wehner said his nephew grew up about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Aurora in Sheridan and was expected to graduate from Northern Illinois University in May with a degree in human resource management. He was on the dean's list at NIU's business college.

"He always, always was happy," Jay Wehner said. "I have no bad words for him. He was a wonderful person. You can't say anything but nice things about him."


Ted Beyer said his son had a "big heart" and tried his best to make his office a better place. He told the Chicago Sun-Times that's why the 20-year mold operator and union chairman sat in on Gary Martin's termination meeting Friday afternoon. Ted Beyer said his son had helped Martin win back his job months earlier.

Russ Beyer was shot outside the meeting

"He was a hard worker, just like I was," Ted Beyer, 71, said of his son. "I loved him ... We were close. He was my first kid."

Russ Beyer had followed in the footsteps of his father, a previous union chairman who worked at Henry Pratt Co. for four decades. Ted and his 46-year-old son enjoyed camping, fishing and swimming together, usually at Taylorville Lake in central Illinois.

They also shared one more connection: Ted Beyer had also previously vouched for Martin in grievance meetings with management. Beyer remembered Martin as a kind, caring man who brought him coffee and walked with him following back surgery.

But, Beyer said, that doesn't take away the pain of losing Russ, the oldest of three children, who also had two adult children of his own.

"Anybody who knew him knew he had a big heart," Ted Beyer said of his son. "I just recently lost my sister and now this and, you know, it hurts. It's just like somebody reached in there and took your heart out."


The 32-year-old from Elgin, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Aurora, had just joined Henry Pratt in November 2018 as HR manager responsible for operations in Aurora, Illinois, Hammond, Indiana and Denver, the company said. He also was in the meeting where the gunman was being fired from his job.

Parks was married and had an infant son Axel, according to a Facebook post by his wife Abby.

"Every time I've closed my eyes over the last twelve hours, I've opened them hoping to wake from a terrible dream, but that's not the case," Abby posted. "I'm living my worst nightmare. My husband, my love, my best friend."

Parks was a 2014 graduate of the Northern Illinois University College of Business.


Neighbors remembered Vicente Juarez as a hard-working grandfather and rock of his tight-knit family.

Juarez was shot outside the meeting where the gunman was being fired from his job. Juarez had been employed at Henry Pratt since 2006 and was a member of the shipping and warehouse team in Aurora. He had held several other jobs previously in the warehouse, the company said.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Juarez lived with his wife, adult daughter and four grandchildren in a subdivision in Oswego, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of Aurora

Relatives declined comment, saying they appreciate the support but are still dealing with the shock. Neighbor Julie Zigman called Juarez "the patriarch of the family" and said "everyone looked to him."

Neighbor Joven Ang said anytime he was working outside Juarez asked him if he needed help. "That's the kind of person he was," Ang said.


A native of Alabama, Pinkard became plant manager at Henry Pratt in the spring of 2018. He was also in the meeting with the gunman.

The company said Pinkard, 37, joined the parent company 13 years ago at its Albertville, Alabama facility.

The father of three earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Mississippi State University and a master's degree from University of Arkansas, according to his LinkedIn account.

"He loved God, his family and Mississippi State sports," a cousin wrote in a text to the Chicago Tribune that he said was written on behalf of Pinkard's wife, Terra.

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Police offer reward for information on man's death

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 05:35

COLUMBUS-- Police are still searching for information on a suspect in a homicide case from 2017.

On Oct. 10, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Columbus police were sent to the area of E. 5th Avenue and the ramp to James Road on a call of a man lying partially in the street.

When officers arrived, they found a man, later identified as Ulrich Smith, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Smith was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say Smith appeared to be walking home from a COTA bus stop.

Smith leaves behind a wife and son.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to their website at and e-mail your tip.

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State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 04:21

WASHINGTON — Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said.

Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a department statement that "the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration."

Nauert's impending nomination had been considered a tough sell in the Senate, where she would have faced tough questions about her relative lack of foreign policy experience, according to congressional aides.

A potential issue involving a nanny that she and her husband had employed may also have been a factor in her decision to withdraw, according to one aide. That issue, which was first reported by Bloomberg on Saturday, centered on a foreign nanny who was legally in the U.S. but did not have legal status to work, according to the aide, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The aide said some involved in the vetting process saw Nauert's inexperience and questions about her ability to represent the U.S. at the U.N. as a larger issue.

Trump's initial U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, served for nearly all of the administration's first two years. She announced her resignation in October with plans to step down by year's end.

That December, Trump said he would nominate Nauert, called her "very talented, very smart, very quick" and said he thought she would be "respected by all." In the wake of November elections that strengthened Republican control of the Senate, her confirmation appeared likely if not easy. Yet Trump never put Nauert's name forward with the Senate and no confirmation hearing was scheduled.

The State Department in its statement that Trump would announce a nominee for the U.N position "soon."

Nauert was a Fox News Channel reporter when she joined the State Department as spokeswoman almost two years ago during Rex Tillerson's tenure was secretary of state. She rose to the upper echelons of the department's hierarchy after Trump fired Tillerson in March 2018 and Mike Pompeo replaced him.

In the department's statement, Pompeo said he respected Nauert's decision on the U.N. job and that she performed her duties as a senior member of his team "with unequalled excellence."

"Serving in the Administration for the past two years has been one of the highest honors of my life and I will always be grateful to the President, the Secretary, and my colleagues at the State Department for their support," Nauert said in the statement provided by the department.

Before coming to the State Department, Nauert was a breaking news anchor on Trump's favorite television show, "Fox & Friends." With a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she had moved to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter.

Nauert, who did not have a good relationship with Tillerson and had considered leaving the department, was appointed acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs after his departure. The appointment ended in October.

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Bengals RB Mark Walton arrested on battery charge in Miami

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 21:16

MIAMI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton is facing a battery charge after police say he got into an argument with a couple in Miami.

The Miami Herald reports the 21-year-old football player posted bond and was released from Miami-Dade County jail.

According to police, Walton's car was blocking the entrance to the parking garage for his condo building, and an argument ensued when a couple in another car asked Walton to move his vehicle.

Police said Walton became angry when a woman in the other car began filming with her cellphone camera and grabbed the phone from her.

According to police, Walton and the woman each suffered scratches in the altercation.

The Bengals drafted Walton in the fourth round last year.

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Organization works to prevent sex trafficking before Arnold Sports Festival

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 21:00

For the last eight years the S.O.A.P has distributed millions of personal hygiene items to raise awareness and offer hope to those in the world of sex trafficking.

Theresa Flores says she knows about the dark world of sex trafficking first hand.

“I know from experience being left for dead in a hotel the soap would've been the only way I would've seen a message.”

Flores is no longer being trafficked but says, for hundreds of thousands of young girls and women, seeing or receiving a message of hope is difficult.

“Most girls will wash up after every man has bought them so that’s often the only time they’re alone is in the bathroom”

To help those still in bondage, Flores the founded S.O.A.P which stands for Save of Adolescents from Prostitution. The organization works to deliver bags of hygiene items labeled with a potentially life saving message

“We want them to know there is a way they just need to make a phone call and talk to somebody,” Flores said.

To spread that message volunteers, fill bags with hygiene essentials. The message urges victims to call a hotline for help. The bags are then dropped off at hotel and motels across central Ohio. Flores says this message couldn’t come at a better time, just weeks before tens of thousands of people visit the capital city for the Arnold Sports Festival.

“They don't deserve this that they can get out that there are other options there's a phone number on it and just call the number because nobody deserves to be bought and sold night after night to thousands of men,” Flores said.

Are you being forced to do anything you do not want to do? Have you been threatened if you try to leave? Have you witnessed young girls being prostituted? If so, please call: 1-888-3737-888 – National Human Trafficking Hotline

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Wintry mix of some snow, sleet expected to come to central Ohio Sunday

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 19:40

A system is slated to move through central Ohio on Sunday. While it doesn’t look like it’ll be as impactful as some so far this winter, some slick spots will be possible.

1:30 p.m. Sunday

It’ll start to move in in the late morning, likely sometime between 7 and 11 a.m. across the area. Temperatures will be low enough at the onset of it that we could see a little light snow before quickly changing over to wintry mix of sleet, snow and possibly even a little freezing rain. If we see freezing rain, ice totals are expected to be on the light side, a thin glaze at best.

We’ll continue to see the threat for a wintry mix into the early afternoon with things changing over to all rain sometime around or after 2 p.m. Keep in mind the changeover will happen sooner for southern Ohio and later for areas north of town.

7 p.m. Sunday

Once this turns over to rain, we’ll see light off-and-on showers into the early evening with things quieting down in central Ohio around dinnertime. This system that’s moving in isn’t expected to be a major weather event but the timing of it isn’t great. It’ll hit when many people typically run errands or visit with friends and family on a Sunday. Take it slowly if you’re out on the roads because some slick patches could lead to wrecks and slowdowns. We’ll have updates on-air and online, so keep checking back with 10TV.

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Brothers say Jussie Smollett paid them to participate in alleged attack, source says

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 18:38

The two Nigerian brothers arrested in connection with the assault on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett are no longer suspects in the attack. They're now cooperating with police.

A source close to the investigation confirms to CBS News the brothers told detectives Smollett paid them to participate in the alleged attack on January 29 and that they purchased the rope — which was found around Smollett's neck — at a nearby hardware store. The source said detectives have evidence to corroborate the sale, something the men's attorney alluded to Friday night.

"New evidence that was brought to their attention, obviously I had it, my clients had it," said Gloria Schmidt, the brothers' attorney.

The Chicago Police Department released a statement Saturday night saying information from the brothers had "shifted the trajectory of the investigation."

"We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has, in fact, shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We've reached out to the Empire cast member's attorney to request a follow-up interview."

Police said the two men — identified as Ola and Abel Osundairo — were captured on surveillance video at the time that Smollett said he was attacked.

Ola Osundairo is connected to Smollett through the hit show "Empire" where he played a prisoner in season two.

Both brothers apparently left Chicago on the day of the alleged attack and were detained when they returned Wednesday. Chicago detectives tore through their apartment looking for clues, and an evidence log shows they found ropes, masks and bleach. They were released Friday night without charges.

A Chicago Police Department spokesperson said, "detectives have additional investigative work to complete."

In a recent interview with "Good Morning America," Smollett said he was sure the men in the photo were his attackers.

"And then I see the attacker, masked. And he said, 'This is MAGA country, n*****.' Punches me right in the face. So, I punched his ass back," Smollett said. "I think what people need to hear is just the truth."

Smollett has not spoken publicly about the arrest and subsequent release of the two brothers. Earlier this week, Chicago police said Smollett is still being treated as a victim, not a suspect.

An attorney for Smollett did not immediately return CBS News' request for comment.

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Set photo revealed after 'Star Wars: Episode IX' wraps filming

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 16:59

The Skywalker saga is ending. "Star Wars: Episode IX" director J.J. Abrams and cast member John Boyega shared a heartfelt new photo from the set of the highly anticipated film — leaving fans both impatient and emotional. The film is the final in the latest "Star Wars" trilogy, following "The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi."

Abrams announced an end to principal photography Friday on the still-untitled final episode of the trilogy. The image features actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac hugging each other in costume on a desert set.

"There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast," Abrams tweeted. "I'm forever indebted to you all."

It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all.

— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019

Boyega joined in on the emotional moment. "It really has been a joy to be in these movies surrounded by amazing people," he tweeted. "JJ thank you for making my dreams come true."

The image doesn't provide many spoilers for the film, but fans are already picking up on small details. The stars are embracing in a desert environment, which could possibly be Jakku — where Rey is from and where she first met Finn — or Tatooine, Luke Skywalker's home planet, which hasn't yet appeared in the trilogy.

Poe isn't wearing his typical Resistance uniform. He's instead rocking an outfit that seems to confirm he is the one piloting the Millennium Falcon in a prior Abrams tweet. Rey seems to have been reunited with her signature staff from "The Force Awakens."

"Star Wars" fans flocked to Twitter to share their excitement for the new film and their sadness for the end of an era. Of course, some fans are hoping to spot a surprise appearance from Mark Hamill — who played Luke Skywalker — somewhere in the background.

Many noted the similarities between the photo and a cast photo from the original trilogy featuring Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

Mostly, the photo left fans with plenty of questions, many of which won't be answered until the film's release in December 2019.

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Police searching for 2 suspects after armed robbery at Subway in north Columbus

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 14:45

Columbus police are investigating a robbery at a Subway restaurant located in the 5800 block of Karl Road Wednesday.

According to police, two men entered the restaurant at approximately 1:16 p.m. and placed an order. While employees worked to fulfill it, the suspects jumped the counter and one of the men pulled a handgun demanding money.

Employees tell detectives the suspects took money from the cash register and fled on foot. During the robbery, a customer trying to exit the business was stopped by one of the suspects. The suspect removed the customer's wallet before leaving the business.

Police describe the suspects as black males between 30-40 years old. The first suspect was wearing a dark zip-up hoodie, blue toboggan, neon vest, dark pants and black and white shoes. He is heavyset and stands about 5' 8" tall. Police say he displayed a black handgun.

The second suspect is described as skinny with glasses, about 6' 0" tall and was wearing blue mechanic coveralls. Police say he took the customer's wallet.

If you recognize either suspect in the photos, you are asked to call Columbus Police Robbery Unit at (614) 645-4665.

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$1M bond set for suspect accused of setting Ohio deputy on fire

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 14:22

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — A judge has set a $1 million bond for a man charged with setting an Ohio sheriff's deputy on fire, causing serious burns when the deputy and other officers tried to arrest him on a felony warrant.

Jay Brannon appeared in court Friday afternoon in Ravenna after being charged with attempted aggravated murder and aggravated arson.

The Record-Courier reports Portage County Sheriff David Doak says Sgt. James Acklin suffered burns to 20 percent of his body when Brannon ignited a container of flammable liquid and threw it at him. That happened Thursday in a garage in Rootstown Township, 55 miles south of Cleveland.

A message seeking comment was left with Brannon's attorney.

Two deputies were treated for smoke inhalation.

Doak says Acklin is just 70 days from retiring.

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Employee at Columbus restaurant confirmed to have hepatitis A

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 12:59

The Columbus health department is working with Eddy’s Chicken and Waffles located at 1808 E. Livingston Ave. after a case of hepatitis A has been confirmed in a restaurant employee.

Columbus Public Health says the employee had direct contact with food. They say anyone who has been to the location between Feb. 1 and Feb. 11 is encouraged to get a hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible and to watch for symptoms.

Symptoms include jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

The health department says they are providing vaccinations to workers at the restaurant and that no one else is ill.

An information line has been set up for people with questions or wanting information on the hepatitis A vaccine at 614-645-1474, option 3.

A free public vaccination clinic for adults who visited the restaurant will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, at Columbus Public Health located at 240 Parsons Ave.

Vaccines are also available from healthcare providers and retail pharmacies, the health department says.

Columbus Public Health has investigated 269 cases of hepatitis A since a statewide outbreak was declared in 2018.

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