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Inmate found unresponsive in Ohio jail, dies

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 03:35

CINCINNATI (AP) — A sheriff's office says an inmate was found unresponsive in a jail in Cincinnati and has died.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said in a release Monday that 33-year-old Cornelius Howell was found unresponsive around 9:30 p.m. Sunday by corrections officers doing rounds at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

The release said Howell had been involved in an altercation around 5 p.m. with another inmate and was evaluated in the medical unit for a cut lip. The release says Howell wasn't combative and deputies didn't use force on him.

Authorities say Howell showed no immediate signs of trauma or injury. The county coroner's office is determining the cause of death.

The Cincinnati man had been in the jail on misdemeanor charges since Dec. 2.

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Jimmy Dean recalls sausage links after reports of metal in product

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 02:13

The makers of Jimmy Dean HEAT 'n SERVE sausage links have recalled almost 30,000 pounds because of reports of pieces of metal found inside.

The ready-to-eat links were produced and packaged on August 4 and have a use-by-date of January 31st.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says the company received five complaints of customers finding metal pieces in the sausage links.

FSIS recommends customers who have this product either throw it away or return it to where you bought it.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Jimmy Dean customer service line at (855) 382-3101.

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Columbus SWAT captures suspect wanted in August murder

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 01:57

COLUMBUS - Columbus Police SWAT officers captured a suspect wanted in an August 2018 murder.

Officers took Lonzo Al Doughty into custody at home on Worthington-Galena Road on Monday.

Back in September, detectives filed murder charges against Doughty for the August 20 murder of 31-year-old Julian Higgins. Police found Higgins' body lying in a parking lot on Wedgewood Drive. He had been shot. Medical officials pronounced him dead at the scene.

In addition to arresting Doughty, police charged 29-year-old Torri Doughty with obstructing justice.

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Columbus City Council passes ticket tax

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:07

Columbus City Council voted unanimously to approve a ticket tax to help improve the city's art community and help make needed repairs to the publicly owned Nationwide Arena.

The tax will be 5 percent on all event tickets. That's lower than the original proposal of 7 percent. The tax will be applied on event tickets that range from Nationwide Arena, The Arnold Classic, COSI and more.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council was the driving force behind the proposal.

Artists like Lawrence Lemon, a choreographer who founded Ohio Black Dance, supports the measure.

"We have some of the top-notch artists throughout the world here in our city and sometimes we are not able to find the funding to support ourselves. We know this will be a big game changer for us," he said.

Columbus ticket tax compares to Louisville with a ticket tax of 6 percent, Cleveland at 8 percent and Nashville with 9.25 percent.

There are two funds where the money will go.

The first is called the Creativity Fund: Which will allow more artists to apply for grants to help pay for everything from supplies, to rent space and more.

The second is the Stability Fund: This money will help pay for needed repairs at Nationwide Arena, The county says the Arena will need a new roof and new scoreboard in the next 5-years.

The city estimates the ticket tax will generate $6 million a year. But not everyone thinks this tax is a great idea.

"The greater Columbus arts council already receives $7 million from the bed tax, how much is enough? their shortfall is the private sector, not the public sector," Bret Adams with the Anti-Tax Coalition said.

Opponents of the ticket tax will have a month after Monday's vote to collect 8,900 signatures to either force council to repeal the ordinance or place the issue on the ballot.

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Comey says Americans should "use every breath we have" to get rid of Trump in 2020

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 18:25

Former FBI Director James Comey called on Americans to "get off the couch" and vote to deny President Trump re-election in 2020, and he referred to Trump's presidency as an "attack on our values."

"I can't see what the end of the Mueller effort looks like, I don't know what form it'll take, I don't know what they'll conclude....I can tell you that all of us should use every breath we have to make sure that the lying stops on January 20, 2021," Comey said at a Sunday night event at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

"I hope that Donald Trump is not removed from office by impeachment because it would let the country off the hook," Comey told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, who was moderating the event. "And it would drive into the fabric of our nation a third of the people believing there was a coup. And we need a moment of inflection, where we all get off the couch and say, 'That is not who we are,' and in a landslide rid ourselves of this attack on our values." The former FBI director suggested that impeachment might "short-circuit" the political process, and "we wouldn't have the moment of clarity we need in this country."

That said, Comey continued, if both the House and Senate were to vote to impeach and remove Mr. Trump from office, "that's fine."

The comments are the latest in the back-and-forth between Trump and the FBI director he fired in May 2017. Trump has been lashing out at Comey on Twitter, ramping up his attacks and calling him "Leakin' James Comey." "Leakin' James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful!," the president tweeted Sunday.

Comey on Friday appeared before a closed-door session of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, where lawmakers questioned him on a range of topics. According to the transcript released Saturday, Comey did not respond to some questions related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He also denied a tweeted assertion by Trump that claimed Comey and Mueller were "best friends."

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Former Baylor frat president indicted for sexual assault will serve no jail time

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:42

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge on Monday accepted a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party to avoid serving jail time, marking at least the third time the judge has approved lenient punishment for men accused of sexually assault.

Judge Ralph Strother accepted the plea deal for Jacob Walter Anderson, who was indicted on sexual assault charges and pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. A no contest plea means a person does not admit guilt, but will offer no defense. Anderson was expelled from Baylor after a university investigation.

The woman who accused him of repeatedly raping her at a 2016 fraternity house party expressed outrage at the plea agreement and described the county's justice system as "severely broken." An online petition had been created to oppose the plea agreement and received thousands of signatures.

The woman has not been named and The Associated Press has a policy of not naming possible victims of sexual assault.

The deal from prosecutors allowed Anderson to receive deferred probation. The ex-Phi Delta Theta fraternity president agreed to seek counseling and pay a $400 fine. Anderson will not be forced to register as a sex offender.

The woman said she felt disoriented after accepting a drink she thought contained punch at a 2016 fraternity house party. She said Anderson led her behind a tent and repeatedly raped her while she was gagged and choked.

A warrant said the woman was assaulted until she lost consciousness and Anderson left her alone. The warrant said she had vomited on herself and could have choked to death in the backyard.

Anderson's attorneys declined to comment Monday.

The judge's decision Monday is not the first time that Strother has allowed such lenient punishment for sex crimes. Last year, he sentenced a man to deferred probation after he pleaded guilty in the 2013 rape of a former Baylor student. The judge ordered the man to pay for the woman's counseling. The man told police the woman had been drunk, according to an affidavit.

Strother earlier this year sentenced a man to felony probation for the sexual assault of a former Baylor student, a punishment that came with 30 days in jail. Adrian Andres Ramos, was working toward a degree from Texas Tech University and was allowed to serve the jail time on the weekends. Ramos told authorities he believed the sex with the woman was consensual.

Strother did not return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment on his decision to accept Anderson's plea deal.

Baylor was engulfed in a sexual assault scandal tied to its football program in 2016, ultimately leading to the departure of several school leaders.

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Man gives up first class seat for mom and sick baby

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:33

A mother wrote a heartfelt message to a mystery man who helped her and her baby daughter on a flight from Orlando to Philadelphia last week. Kelsey Zwick said she and her daughter, who was born prematurely and needs an oxygen machine, were on their way to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) when the stranger's random act of kindness warmed their hearts.

"To the man in 2D," Zwick wrote on Facebook, hoping the mystery man would see, "I don't know you, but I imagine you saw us somewhere. I was pushing a stroller, had a diaper bag on my arm and also lugging an oxygen machine for my daughter."

Zwick's 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, is actually a twin. Her girls were born nearly 11 weeks early and Lucy spent 100 days in the NICU, while her sister stayed for 86 days, Zwick told WTXF-TV. Lucy now has chronic lung disease and was on the way to CHOP for treatment.

Zwick wrote that although they were traveling to the hospital, she and her daughter had smiles on their faces because they were going to see their "friends" at CHOP.

"We pre-boarded the plane, got cozy in our window seat and made jokes to those around us about having to sit by my yelling-but-happy baby," Zwick wrote. "The flight attendant came over and told me you were waiting to switch seats," Zwick wrote in her message to the man. "You were giving up your comfortable, first class seat to us."

When the flight attendant told Zwick what the man wanted to do to help, she was overcome with emotion.

"Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed! She felt it in her bones too ... real, pure, goodness. I smiled and thanked you as we switched but didn't get to thank you properly."

Zwick wrote the Facebook post to say thank you, "not just for the seat itself but for noticing," she wrote. The man saw them and realized that things were not easy. And instead of just turning away, decided to stand up and help.

She thanked the anonymous flyer "for deciding you wanted to show a random act of kindness to US. It reminded me how much good there is in this world." Zwick said she said she can't wait to tell her daughter about this one day when she's old enough to understand.

"In the meantime," she wrote, "we will pay it forward."

Zwick only knew the man as the passenger in seat 2D on American Airlines flight 588, but she said she and Lucy truly feel inspired by him.

She asked Facebook friends to share the post in hopes that the mystery man would see it. Luckily, American Airlines was able to help out and Zwick learned that the man in seat 2D was Jason Kunselman. The two connected on social media, ABC News reports, and Zwick got to thank Kunselman again.

Not only did Zwick get to share her gratitude with Kunselman, but over 400,000 people shared the inspiring story on Facebook. The selfless act brightened the flight for Zwick and her daughter – and brightened the day for many others.

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Columbus City Council passes resolution to honor Chris Bradley

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus City Council passed a blackline resolution at Monday night’s meeting to honor the life of Chris Bradley.

Chris passed away last week at the age of 53 after a 21-month battle with leukemia.

Monday, 10TV aired a 30-minute special honoring the life and legacy of Chris Bradley. You can watch it by clicking here.

Read the full resolution from city council below:

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Alan Jackson to perform at Schottenstein Center in May

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:53

Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson will be bringing his 2019 tour to Columbus.

Jackson will perform at the Schottenstein Center on May 10. William Michael Morgan will open as a special guest.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 14 at 10 a.m.

Tickets and information are available at available at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, at the Schottenstein Center box office.

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Columbus police issue warning after series of armed robberies

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:34

Police are warning about safety when it comes to internet selling sites, after a pattern of armed robberies at meet-ups to exchange items.

Because of those robberies, police set up two operations to catch the robbers recently both ended in officer-involved shooting.

Sixteen-year-old Julius Tate junior was shot and killed by police Friday after officers say he held an undercover officer up at gunpoint. Eighteen-year-old Kyler Collier was shot and wounded after police say he pulled a gun.

Police say they are forced to put their swat officers in danger to protect the public.

“When they pull up there, I can’t imagine, none of us wants to be robbed, but pulling up somewhere, knowing you’re a decoy and going to have a gun stuck in your face and maybe shot, it’s not something that we take lightly,” said Acting Police Columbus Chief Tim Becker.

Police say both suspects had committed armed robberies prior to the shootings, using internet exchange sites.

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Columbus first city to offer public self-driving shuttle

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:22

Monday, Columbus became the first city in the country to offer a self-driving shuttle service to the public.

Smart Columbus and DriveOhio unveiled "Smart Circuit," Ohio's first self-driving shuttle and the country's first of it's kind to open to the public.

"The first thing you’ll notice when you go up to the car is that there are sensors on it. So, lights, radars and cameras -- and those are the eyes of the car. So, we can see in every direction all the time," said Edwin Olson, CEO May Mobility.

Three all-electric vehicles will service the 1.5-mile route along the Scioto. The vehicles will transport passengers to COSI, the Veterans Memorial, Smart Columbus and Bicentennial Park. The shuttles have a maximum speed of 25 mph and feature a four-seat "campfire" configuration in the rear.

"When you get in these cars in Columbus, there will be a fleet attendant. So, this is a person who is monitoring the system and is also there to answer any questions you might have," said Olson.

Olson says the self-driving vehicle is safer than an absent-minded driver.

"Whereas a person might be drowsy, distracted or drunk... our vehicle is always alert and always attentive everywhere," Olson explained.

Diane Hunter was one of the first riders Monday. She is 85 years old.

"It’s the future. And, why not?," Hunter asked. "I mean, we aren’t doing a great job of driving cars ourselves are we?"

Hunter says she has always had an affection for transportation.

"When I learned to drive, I believe I drove in one of the first automatic transmissions," she said excitedly. "I did learn to pilot a plane in my 30s."

Hunter says she already has plans to ride the shuttle with her husband who has limited mobility.

"I can take him up to the Veterans Memorial," she said with a smile. "He hasn’t been here yet and he’s a World War II veteran. So he needs to come visit!"

The shuttle will run daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. until next fall.

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Michigan woman falls through ice, drowns trying to save her dog

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:21

A Michigan mother of three died after drowning in a lake near her house.

Tracy Cashman was trying to save her dog who police said fell through the ice during a walk.

"Whether it was her dog, someone's dog, a child…she would do it without instinct,” Cashman’s mother Rhonda Moore said.

Moore said Cashman went to take her golden doodle Lola out for a walk around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

"It was a quick trip, she didn't have her jacket. Didn't take her phone, She must have let the dog off her leash and the dog ran out in the back pond on the ice,” Moore said.

The family said Lola returned home soaking wet.

“She came back on the leash and no Tracy,” Moore said.

Wyoming police said Cashman died after accidentally falling through the ice while trying to rescue the dog.

Four hours, Cashman’s family searched for her before they called 911. Her body was discovered after first responders performed a cold water rescue.

“She probably didn't think about. If that dog was struggling, she was going to save her dog,” Moore said.

Cashman worked for Godfrey-Lee Public Schools in a number of roles.

"She loved her job, she loved everybody she worked with it, especially the kids,” Moore said.

Authorities say this incident serves as a reminder for people to be careful while on ice.

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Man armed with AR-15 leads deputies on multi-county chase

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:09

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said a three-county crime spree began Monday morning in South Bloomfield in Pickaway County, south of Columbus.

Deputies said a man stole a vehicle and a rifle and then used the weapon to carjack another victim and swap vehicles. Deputies said the suspect was no doubt armed and dangerous and said they could not risk letting him get away.

The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office said Clint Allen, 27, took a white pickup truck and an AR-style rifle.

Witnesses told dispatchers they saw him crash the truck in the area of Marcy Road in Fairfield County before running to another house and taking a black pickup truck.

The witness followed Allen and updated dispatchers where Allen was before losing sight of him in the area of Rock Mill Road and Lithopolis Road.

"He's committed a carjacking with a semi-automatic rifle. We're going to take this matter very serious," said Franklin County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert.

Franklin County deputies joined the pursuit and at U-S 33 and Gender Road after a Fairfield County deputy spotted Allen.

Deputies deployed stop sticks at Frebis Avenue and Parsons Avenue in an attempt to safely stop him.

Instead, Allen broadsided a red pickup truck driven by an innocent bystander.

Deputies said after the collision, Allen took off running to a nearby house where he pounded on the back door and tried to open it.

Law enforcement arrested him at gunpoint and said they recovered the semi-automatic rifle on the ground just a few feet from the suspect's truck. Chief Deputy Gilbert said the evidence suggests he did not plan to go down without a fight.

"It appears he attempted to grab it as he was running. I don't know if he dropped it? It's clearly outside the truck, a few feet away from the truck, which is indicative of him grabbing it and trying to take it with him, said Gilbert.

The suspect is behind bars in Pickaway County.

Authorities do not know what motivated Allen but said it appeared he was under the influence of narcotics.

Medics rushed the innocent bystander injured in the collision to Grant Medical Center. Investigators said the victim is expected to survive her injuries.

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Be the Match: In Chris Bradley's memory, a look at the lifesaving gift within all of us

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 14:50

Kathryn Poe was 15 when her body began turning on her.

"One day I would wake up and my hands were swollen and I suddenly couldn't open doors or I couldn't go up steps. And then the next day I would get a rash all over my body, and it wouldn't go away for six months," she said.

Over the next few years, she would be diagnosed with multiple autoimmune disorders.

"It's difficult to push yourself to get up in the morning when your entire body is telling you, you're sick, you need to lay in bed, you're in pain. But at the same time you want to live your life. I was an 18-year-old girl that just wanted to go to college."

In February, doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital proposed a bone marrow transplant.

"It was either I wait for my disease to come back again and take a 50 percent mortality rate, or I get a bone marrow transplant and also take a 50 percent mortality rate, but on the other side of that...is a cure. And so for me, the answer was fairly obvious."

Within 11 days of her transplant, her body began rebooting itself. The difference has been dramatic.

"It kind of feels like my body died, and then it came back, and it's regenerated," she said. "I get to live the rest of my life now. Like before the bone marrow transplant, I did not think I was going to live into my mid 20s. I really didn't. And now I get to live the rest of my life. It's really given me my life back."

Sean Patterson has been on the other end of this life-changing gift.

He was swabbed into the bone marrow registry at an office drive for a co-worker in 2012.

"You do a cotton swab in each corner of your mouth place it in an envelope, mail it back to be the match, and you wait," he said.

In 2014, he got the phone call: "It was, 'you are the best possible match for an 8-year-old little girl.' For me it was a no-brainer, because my son had just turned 7, and I always look at it like, how could I go home and tell him I said no? I think I was at the hospital maybe eight hours. It was truly something simple."

He didn't know the girl, or even where she was, but says he didn't have to, to want to help.

"Trying to wrap my head around what her family was going through in this whole process, and going home and being able to see my son...it was very emotional. Understanding that this is an ugly disease, and doing anything I can to help, is powerful."

"We always say we want to change the world," said Kathryn. "And we look at these massive issues. But the reality is, you can save one person and make a positive impact on one person's life, you're saving everything. You've saved the world by saving them. You've saved their entire universe."

"As an able-bodied person I plead with people to go out and do this," said Sean. "It's a simple process to get on the registry. And if you are lucky enough to get that call, do it."

"That is literally all I want for Christmas - is for you to swab into the bone marrow registry," said Kathryn. "Because you're saving someone. And you don't know what it does. You don't know the impact you're going to have."

For information on how to become a donor: https://bethematch.org/chris/

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Be the Match: Family fighting leukemia gives thanks for bone marrow donor

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 14:25

The Summer of 2018 was a blissfully busy one for Mike and Nicolle Racey and their sons Connor and Colin.

"We were enjoying it. We were going on family trips and the pool, hanging out," said Nicolle.

Life as they knew it changed forever with one phone call. Mike was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia- cancer of the blood.

"We just held each other and were like, we're going to get through this. One day at a time and that's what we've been doing since."

Mike wanted to join Nicolle in sharing his story, but the side effects of chemotherapy have left him unable to eat, speak, or even swallow.

"You see your husband, your partner, break down," she said. "Physically, emotionally, spiritually, because he's basically, this chemo is poison. And it's killing him inside, parts of him. And all you can do is sit there, hold his hand, coach him through it, and then not lose it in front of him or your kids. And then I would just go home and just...cry."

Mike's two sons have borne this fight with him: "I think that reality of getting that diagnosis-- that my dad has cancer...is he gonna be around? I think for him it was really hard. I think for him still processing that is really hard," said 20-year-old Connor.

And 9-year-old Colin, who for precautionary reasons hasn't been able to visit for the last week and a half.

"He was like, 'Is the reason why I haven't talked to dad, is he dying?' And I was like, woah. To think that was in his mind because he hasn't heard or seen his dad, just killed me. And I feel bad because I left him in the dark. And I was just trying to protect him. And I was like, 'No, daddy is fine. He's just really sick right now, Nicolle said.

Mike's best hope was a bone marrow transplant.

After the devastation of his diagnosis, came the glorious news that a donor had been located.

"We were just so forever grateful for this. I just threw up a prayer and I was like, 'Whoever you are, thank you for giving us hope. Thank you for that.' It was a pretty amazing day."

Mike received his bone marrow transplant on November 27. All they know about the donor is he is a 35-year-old man from the UK.

"What he doesn't know across the pond is we were praying for this, and he gave us hope, that there would be an opportunity for Mike to be cured of this. There's no amount of words you can say to someone to say thank you. Hope is the one thing that keeps you alive, it keeps you going to the next day. If you could do that for someone else, why wouldn't you? Why wouldn't you? You're giving someone life. And that's a good thing to do."

Doctors say they should start seeing signs in the next few days to indicate whether Mike's transplant is working.

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Father hears 3-year-old’s screams on baby monitor as uncle cuts her throat

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:42

ALBANY, Ky. (AP) — A 3-year-old girl whose uncle authorities say cut her throat has died in a Kentucky hospital.

Citing a Fayette County Coroner's Office release, news outlets report Josephine Bulubenchi died Sunday evening, more than a day after she was attacked.

Clinton County Sheriff Jim Guffey says 33-year-old Emanuel Fluter is charged. He had been living with the family.

Guffey says Josephine's father heard her scream on a baby monitor Saturday morning and rushed in to try to disarm Fluter, receiving a cut on his hand.

According to the arrest citation, there were four other children in the room when Josephine was attacked.

Fluter was initially charged with two counts of first-degree assault and four counts of wanton endangerment. Additional charges are expected.

It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

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VIDEO: Squirrel jumps on UPS delivery driver's shoulder

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:49

A Chicagoan’s Ring app caught an unexpectedly friendly moment on Wednesday when a squirrel jumped onto the back of a UPS driver as he made a delivery.

Amanda Atkins, who lives in Lincoln Square, told CBS 2 she was having dental work done when she received a notification on her phone informing her someone had pressed the doorbell of her home.

When Atkins looked at the phone, she could not believe from eyes: at her front door was a UPS driver with a squirrel on his back. The squirrel had jumped from her fence onto the man’s shoulder.

“What made it hilarious was how calm our UPS guy was,” she said.

The next day the same UPS driver, Oscar Luciano, stopped by Atkins’ house with another delivery. When he arrived, Atkins told him that her security camera had captured the moment on video and asked if she could send it to him. Luciano said yes.

“I was just there bobbing my head jamming to music, and all of a sudden I felt a tug. It startled me,” Luciano told CBS 2. “The only thing that went through my mind is, my wife would never believe what just happened to me.”

“I felt like Snow White with all her animal friends,” he added.

Atkins said she is not a “big Facebook user” and hardly ever posts videos. But after watching Luciano and the squirrel, she decided to upload the friendly exchange to the social media platform. “Honestly, I just feel like there’s so much negativity,” she said. “I wanted people to see how positive [Luciano] is.”

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Man accused of plotting large-scale attack at Ohio synagogue

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:26

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities said Monday they have charged two people involved in planning separate large-scale attacks — one who wanted to carry out a shooting at a synagogue and another who had been plotting to attack a bar and blow up a pipeline.

The attacks were never carried out, and there was never an immediate threat to the public, the FBI and Department of Justice said in a news conference announcing the charges.

Both suspects who are from the Toledo area had identified specific places they wanted to target, authorities said.

The two have been under investigation for months and had talked about their plans with undercover FBI agents, according to the Justice Department.

"These cases demonstrate terrorism comes in many forms," said Justin Herdman, the U.S. attorney for northern Ohio.

One involved Damon Joseph, 21, of Holland, a Toledo suburb, who spent months posting photos of weapons, praising the Islamic State group and talking about carrying out a violent attack before he eventually settled on targeting a synagogue in the Toledo area, Herdman said.

His plans for a synagogue shooting came together after a gunman killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October, Herdman said. Authorities said he told an undercover agent: "I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually."

He wanted to kill as many people as possible, including a rabbi, and make sure no one escaped, the Justice Department said.

Joseph said his decision about which synagogue to attack would come down to "which one will have the most people, what time and what day. Go big or go home," according to court documents.

Joseph was arrested Friday after he received two AR-15 rifles from an undercover agent and was charged with attempting to provide material support to IS.

He appeared in court Monday and waived a preliminary hearing, The Blade reported. There was no telephone listing for Joseph and a message seeking comment was left with his attorney.

FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fortunato said it did not appear Joseph was working with anyone else.

Within months, Joseph became radicalized and began planning an attack, Fortunato said.

Court records show that Joseph was charged with domestic violence nearly two years ago and later entered an Alford plea, which acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict without admitting guilt.

Authorities also arrested Elizabeth Lecron, 23, of Toledo, on Monday after they said she bought bomb-making materials. She was charged with transporting explosives and explosive material with the purpose of harming others.

A telephone listing for Lecron could not be located and court records did not indicate whether she has an attorney.

Lecron had been talking about carrying out several different types of violent attacks, including telling undercover agents in August that she and someone else had come up with a plan to commit a mass killing at a Toledo bar, officials said.

She also discussed attacking a livestock farm, her workplace and bombing a pipeline, according to authorities, who also said Lecron told agents she was making a pipe bomb.

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Baby elephant to make her first appearance at the Columbus Zoo today

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:28

POWELL, Ohio -- The baby elephant born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium last week will be making her first public appearance Monday.

The calf arrived in the world Thursday to mother Phoebe, a 31-year-old Asian elephant who came to the zoo in 2002.

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

Phoebe and her calf will spend time in the elephant community room at the Vanishing Giants building in the Asia Quest region from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The zoo says the schedule will be adjusted accordingly to best suit their needs.

The public will also have the opportunity to help name the calf. Those details will be announced soon, according to the zoo.

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Pregnant teen's body found in restaurant dumpster; 16-year-old schoolmate charged

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 09:27

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A 16-year-old northern Indiana boy has been arrested in the killing of a 17-year-old pregnant schoolmate whose body was found in a restaurant dumpster, authorities said.

Lt. Alex Arendt of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit said the teen, who is on the Mishawaka High School football team, was arrested Sunday. The St. Joseph County prosecutor's office said he's being held on a preliminary murder charge and that formal charges were expected Monday.

Breana Rouhselang was last seen at her home at around midnight Saturday. Her family called police about 4:30 a.m. Sunday after they "got the feeling that something wasn't right," Arendt said. He said she knew the boy from the football team, but the extent of the relationship was under investigation.

Breana had been a softball coach, a cheerleader and football team manager at the school, the girl's stepmother, Nicole Rouhselang, told reporters Sunday. She said her stepdaughter had been about six months pregnant.

"I've known her since she was 6," she said. "I just don't understand it."

Police haven't released details about a possible motive. An autopsy was planned to determine cause of death.

The school district in Mishawaka, which is next to South Bend and about 80 miles east of Chicago, issued a statement Sunday saying administrators were working with authorities in investigating the "terrible tragedy" and that grief counselors would be available at Mishawaka High School on Monday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends who have been affected by this great loss," the statement said.

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