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Woman, 81, busted with $870K of heroin at US-Mexico border

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:19

SAN DIEGO — Authorities seized 92 pounds of heroin valued at more than $870,000 from an 81-year-old woman attempting to smuggle the drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.

KABC-TV reports a U.S. Customs and Border Protection detector dog Wednesday at the Tecate border crossing alerted officers to the driver-side rocker panel of the 2011 Chrysler 200 the woman, an American citizen, was driving.

Officers discovered 34 wrapped packages of heroin from the vehicle's rocker panels.

The driver was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents.

Authorities seized the vehicle.

San Diego Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations Pete Flores says drug "cartels will try and manipulate anyone to smuggle their narcotics through the ports of entry."

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Prosecutors: Principal had child porn on his school computer

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:03

PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. — Authorities say hundreds of child pornography images and videos were found on the school-issued computer of a principal at a southern New Jersey high school.

Atlantic County prosecutors said the discovery spurred them to upgrade the charges filed against Edward Bonek.

The announcement came during Bonek's initial court appearance on Thursday, one day after a search warrant was executed at his Absecon home. He didn't enter a plea and was represented by a public defender who declined comment.

Bonek had just completed his first full year as principal of Pleasantville High School after previously serving there as vice principal. School district officials have not discussed Bonek's employment status following his arrest.

Bonek is charged with multiple counts of possessing and distributing child porn, as well as official misconduct.

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GOP governors' group stands by ad Cordray says is false

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican Governors Association says it stands by an ad airing on Ohio television stations alleging a consumer agency formerly led by Democratic gubernatorial nominee Cordray secretly collected and left vulnerable Americans' personal financial data.

The group stuck by its "Cordray Failed" spots despite a cease and desist letter Cordray's lawyers sent Friday demanding stations pull the spot. The Democrat charges the ads contain false assertions and statements the association concedes have no factual back-up.

Cordray and Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine are in a high stakes race to succeed Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who's term-limited.

The association's ad claims Cordray "secretly" collected private financial data while leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and failed to protect the data. Cordray calls both claims false.

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McGold Card: McDonald’s contest offers chance to win free food for life

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:35

Fast-food chain McDonald’s is giving one person free food for life with the McGold Card.

According to McDonald’s, a McGold card gets the holder into its secret society and free burgers and fries for life.

To enter the contest, you have to order your food and pay through the McDonald’s mobile app.

“Mobile Order & Pay is just one of the latest ways we are transforming convenience and value for our customers,” said Hashim Amin, Head of U.S. Digital at McDonald’s. “To celebrate Mobile Order & Pay, we’re giving one of our mobile customers the chance to win the McGold Card and join a select group of McDonald’s fans, just for using the app.”

The contest runs from Aug. 10 through Aug. 24 with one possible entry per day.

McDonald’s says this is the first time the company has ever given away a McGold Card.

The society is rumored to have some elite members including George Clooney, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.

The winner will also receive a custom 24-carat gold-plated phone case to mark the lucky person’s membership.

Mobile Order & Pay on the McDonald’s App is available in nearly 14,000 restaurants in the U.S.

For more information on the sweepstakes and how to enter, click here.

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Abandoned pit bull dies from physical, sexual abuse two weeks after adoption

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:28

An animal shelter in California is asking for an investigation after a pit bull died from alleged physical and sexual abuse after being found injured on Monday.

The 5-year-old dog, named Cargo, was dumped in front of a home, KTLA reports. Nearby residents reported seeing two men drop her off.

A woman in the neighborhood who spotted the dog said she had trouble getting ahold of animal control, so she contacted a local rescue foundation.

Dianty Marquez, of Ghetto Rescue Foundation, said the dog was clearly suffering when she arrived to help.

“Head down, she had a rope tied to her neck and she wasn’t going anywhere,” Marquez told KTLA.

The dog was taken to an emergency veterinarian where they learned there was trauma in her vaginal area. Marquez said, "they made her as comfy as they could."

The next day, Marquez says Cargo took a turn for the worse and passed away due to her complications.

“She passed because she had some type of blunt force trauma and it caused her aorta to rupture,” according to Marquez.

The rescue learned that Cargo was adopted two weeks earlier during a free adoption event at Orange County Animal Care. They knew the 5-year-old pit bull by a different name: "Valerie."

Orange County Animal Care released the following statement:

OC Animal Care staff is aware of a situation with a dog, “Valerie,” recently adopted from our shelter. Our staff and volunteers are deeply saddened to learn of her passing and the alleged circumstances involving her death. Valerie was with us for three months and was loved by many.

Although this incident occurred outside of our jurisdiction and we are not the investigating agency, we are working with the local authorities in Los Angeles regarding this case. OC Animal Care is providing them all the information we have about Valerie and will continue to assist in their ongoing investigation.

The OC Animal Care shelter does not discriminate against those wishing to adopt unless they are suspected of or have been convicted of animal offenses. We utilize information about investigations from our own animal control as well as other law enforcement agencies to make this determination. We take the safety of all animals in our care seriously and, as a result of the circumstances surrounding Valerie’s death, the individual who adopted Valerie is now ineligible for future adoptions at our shelter.

If you have any additional information regarding this case, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force at 213-486-0450.

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Family of slain Ohio man sues retailer that sold killer gun

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 11:52

WOOSTER, Ohio — The family of a man fatally shot with a black-powder revolver has sued the retailer that sold the weapon saying the killer's violent past should have precluded the sale.

The Wooster Daily Record reports the estate of 21-year-old Bryan Galliher filed the lawsuit against Cabela's and its parent company, Bass Pro Group LLC, on Tuesday in northeast Ohio's Wayne County.

The lawsuit claims that Cabela's should never have sold the replica of an antique firearm to Paul Claren, who used it to kill his Orrville neighbor in August 2016. Galliher testified at trial that the shooting was an accident. He was convicted of aggravated murder last August.

A detective testified that purchases of black powder guns don't require federal background checks.

Bass Pro Group didn't respond to messages seeking comment.

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California crews scramble to keep flames from reaching homes

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 11:17

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters battled Friday to keep a growing Southern California forest fire feeding on dry brush and trees from reaching foothill neighborhoods a day after flames roared to new ferocity and came within yards of homes.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties as the fire carved its way along ridges in the Cleveland National Forest.

Some hillsides were allowed to burn under the watchful eyes of firefighters — to reduce fuel and make it harder for flames to jump roadways into communities if winds pick up again.

Aircraft dropped retardant as homeowners sprayed their houses with water from garden hoses while the blaze south of Los Angeles gained renewed strength Thursday evening, propelled by 20-mph (30-kph) gusts.

Hundreds more firefighters joined the effort, bringing the total to 1,200. The fire has chewed through 28 square miles of dense chaparral and is only 5 percent contained.

It's one of nearly 20 blazes across the state. Officials reported progress in the fight against two major Northern California wildfires — one called the Mendocino Complex Fire that is the largest in state history — burning more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Sacramento.

Cleveland National Forest officials tweeted that the Southern California fire is growing as fast as crews can build containment lines.

"We continue to actively engage, but cannot get ahead of the fire," the statement said.

Teresita Reyes was among some 20,000 people under evacuation orders, saying she was attending a wedding Wednesday when she received the order to evacuate. The 51-year-old state health inspector congratulated the couple and left quietly to head back to her house in the city of Lake Elsinore and grab important documents.

Since then, Reyes and her husband have been staying at a hotel with a faulty air conditioner while their three dogs and cat are holed up at the family's plumbing business.

"It is nerve-wracking and unreal," she said. "We were on pins and needles for a little while there because it got real close."

Brown's proclamation late Thursday ordered state agencies to help local governments.

Fifty miles (80 kilometers) west of the fire, residents in the city of Long Beach awoke to ash on their cars and in their yards.

A resident of the small community of Holy Jim Canyon in the forest was scheduled for a court hearing Friday on charges that he deliberately set the fire.

Forrest Clark, 51, is charged with arson and other crimes and could face life in prison if convicted. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Michael Milligan, chief of the Holy Jim Volunteer Fire Department, told the Orange County Register that Clark had a decade-long feud with neighbors and sent him threatening emails last week, including one that said, "this place will burn."

The fire — named for the canyon where it started — destroyed a dozen cabins after it broke out Monday.

Firefighters are trying to keep flames away from Santiago Peak, where critical communication infrastructure for the region is located.

Crews turned a corner in their battle against a Northern California fire and achieved 51 percent containment of the Mendocino Complex — actually twin fires that are being fought together. The fire destroyed more than 100 homes and has blackened an area about the size of the city of Los Angeles.

And near the Northern California city of Redding, the year's deadliest fire was nearly half surrounded and was burning into remote and rugged forest land.

Firefighters had almost contained a huge fire near Yosemite National Park.

The fires all grew explosively in the past two weeks as winds whipped the flames through forest and rural areas full of timber and brush that is bone-dry from years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat.

Air quality has been another casualty of the fires. A smoky haze stretches from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range to Sacramento and hovers over the San Francisco Bay Area, with most major population centers in between enduring air quality that's considered dangerous for many residents.

The sheer size of the fires is numbing in a state that is still reeling from enormous blazes last year and has yet to hit its historically most dangerous months.

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Preschool employee in Zanesville charged with rape of a child

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:01

ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- An employee at a preschool and child care center in Zanesville is charged with the rape of a child less than 10 years of age.

Earlier this summer, the Zanesville Police Department says it received a complaint in reference to a possible sexual assault involving a minor. The complaint alleged that 28-year-old Derek Shaffer had sexually assaulted a child at the Careytown School, located on Pershing Rd.

After an investigation, the case was presented to the Muskingum County Prosecutor Michael Haddox and rape charges were filed against Shaffer.

Shaffer was arrested at his home Thursday. He is currently being held at the Zanesville City Jail on a $1,000,000.00 bond.

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Dalton sharp in new offense, Bengals beat Bears 30-27

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 07:56

CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton made the Bengals' new offense look like a comfortable fit.

Working out of Cincinnati's reconfigured playbook, Dalton threw a pair of touchdown passes during a 30-27 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night at half-empty Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals (1-0) were last in the league on offense last season, the worst finish in franchise history. They overhauled their leaky offensive line, and coordinator Bill Lazor injected more diversity into the playbook. It showed the first time out.

"That's what we wanted to do," Dalton said. "If we go out and play like we're supposed to play, it can look like that."

Dalton went 6 of 8 for 103 yards, completing four passes of at least 20 yards. He also had an interception that wasn't his fault — John Ross fell on his route and Kyle Fuller returned the pickoff 47 yards to the end zone.

The Bengals are hoping that Ross and running back Joe Mixon — their top two picks last season — emerge in the redesigned offense during their second seasons.

Ross had a 20-yard catch. Mixon — moved into the starring role with Jeremy Hill gone — made the game's most impressive play. He caught a short pass, stiff-armed one defender and spun away from another for a 24-yard touchdown .

The Bears (0-2) rested most of their starters during a 17-16 loss to the Ravens in the Hall of Fame Game, including quarterback Mitchell Trubisky . His preseason debut Thursday didn't go very well.

"We expect to be better," Trubisky said. "We were sloppy and that's not how we want to play."

Trubisky was in for two series that netted minus-1 yard on eight plays. The Bears' only first down on those series came on Carlos Dunlap's penalty for roughing the quarterback, a late hit on Trubisky. He missed on a deep sideline pass to Kevin White on his opening throw and finished 2 of 4 for 4 yards.

"There was nothing extraordinary, but nothing bad," first-year coach Matt Nagy said. "This is so early for him right now. It'll be fun to get him more snaps and get him into a rhythm."

EMPTY SEATS

Attendance was 35,633, slightly more than half-capacity at the 65,535-seat stadium. Last year, the Bengals drew 44,495 for their first home preseason game. They're coming off two straight losing seasons.

LOOKING GOOD

Tyler Bray had a 56-yard completion to Daniel Brown during a 92-yard touchdown drive that put the Bears ahead in the fourth quarter. Bray finished 18 of 27 for 219 yards. The Bears signed him from Kansas City, where he was familiar with Nagy's offense.

INTERESTING CHOICE

Nagy decided to try for a tying field goal with 45 seconds left. Cody Parkey missed a 52-yard try.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

There were no protests. Bears players, coaches and staff stood with arms linked for the anthem. Bengals players stood by themselves on the sideline.

PRESEASON TRICKERY

The Bengals pulled off a fake punt in the second quarter, with safety Clayton Fejedelem going 49 yards after a direct snap. He finished as Cincinnati's leading rusher with the one run.

HEADS UP

Chicago's Demarcus Ayers and Fejedelem drew personal fouls for lowering their heads during tackles.

INJURIES

Bears: LB Josh Woods suffered a hand injury in the first half and didn't return.

Bengals: LB Vincent Rey hurt his right ankle while blocking on a punt return and was helped off the field in the first quarter. He didn't return.

NEXT UP

Bears: Play at Denver on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Bengals: Play at Dallas on Saturday, Aug. 18.

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Mayfield and Barkley show the goods, Browns beat Giants

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 07:45

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — If first indications are accurate, the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants hit it right in taking Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley with the top two picks in the NFL draft.

Mayfield threw two touchdowns in two-plus quarters and Barkley ripped off a dazzling 39-yard run on the opening play from scrimmage as the Browns beat the Giants 20-10 on Thursday night.

"I'm aware that it was the first game and in that respect, it's not so bad," Mayfield said after showing why the Browns made him the top pick.

Replacing starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor late in the first quarter, Mayfield hit 11 of 20 passes for 212 yards, didn't turn the ball over and converted two fourth-down plays with his feet.

"I thought he did some good things out there," Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said. "I'm honestly not surprised by anything Baker does. This was his first opportunity and he'll grow from it."

The Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma found tight end David Njoku on a 10-yard TD pass to cap a 14-play, 72-yard drive on his second series. He finished his debut with a completion on a 54-yard slant and run to fellow rookie Antonio Callaway .

Taylor, expected to be coach Jackson's starter as Mayfield learns this season, hit all five of his passes in two series, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Njoku , a New Jersey native.

Barkley electrified the fans at MetLife Stadium, taking a handoff from Eli Manning on his first NFL touch and turning on the jets on a 39-yard jaunt down the sideline in front of the Giants' bench. It set up a 42-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas.

New York Giants' Saquon Barkley (26) rushes past Cleveland Browns' Denzel Ward (21) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

"I loved his first run," Giants coach Pat Shurmur said of the Penn State halfback. "If only they all could be like that. You could see, it wasn't too big for him."

Barkley scoffed at the idea he made something out of nothing on the play. There was a hole, he said.

"Everybody talks about the speed difference in the NFL, but to see you still have that burst and you can get to that line of scrimmage like that and create space; I just have to find a way to gain even more yards than that," said Barkley, who finished with 43 yards on five carries.

Jalen Simmons scored on 5-yard third-quarter run for the Giants' other score. It came three plays after C.J. Board fumbled a punt return and Zak DeOssie recovered at the Browns 16.

Manning played two series and hit 4 of 7 passes for 26 yards. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., returning from major ankle surgery, dressed but was held out by Pat Shurmur, who is trying to rebuild the Giants after a 3-13 season.

The Browns went 0-16 last season after winning their four preseason games.

CALLAWAY: The troubled fourth-round pick played despite being cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. Police also found bullets and a gun part in his car this week. He had three catches for 87 yards, including a diving 24-yarder that the Browns successfully challenged after it was ruled incomplete on the field.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: There were no demonstrations. Giants DE Olivier Vernon and S Michael Thomas, who both knelt during the anthem last season, each stood.

DEZ BRYANT: — The Browns have had interest in free agent receiver Dez Bryant, and the former Cowboy tweeted during the game he was coming to visit GM John Dorsey. The Browns may not need him. Free agent signee Jarvis Landry had two catches for 36 yards in very limited action. Callaway added 87 yards and third-year pro Rashard Higgins looked good with four receptions for 66 yards.

GIANTS WOES: This looked a lot like the Giants of last year. Except for the opening play, the offensive line struggled, particularly protecting the quarterbacks, although the run game generated 134 yards on 23 carries. ... The new 3-4 defense stopped the run but gave up too many big passing plays. ... Second-string QB Davis Webb struggled, going 9 of 22 for 70 yards. "He was a little too amped," Shurmur said.

NEXT UP:

Browns: Host Buffalo Bills on Aug. 16.

Giants: At Detroit Lions on Aug. 16.

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Tennessee carries out its 1st execution in nearly a decade

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:26

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade.

Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-security prison in Nashville and was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m., authorities said. He was convicted in 1986 in the death of Paula Dyer, a Knoxville girl he was babysitting.

The blinds between a witness room and the execution chamber were opened at 7:26 p.m. and Irick could be seen through glass windows strapped to a gurney, an IV stuck in his arm and leading back through the wall to a room hidden by a mirror-window, where someone administered the drugs. Asked if he had any words before the chemicals began flowing, Irick at first appeared to sigh and say "no." But then he said, "I just want to say I'm really sorry and that, that's it."

Then the execution proceeded. A minute later, his eyes closed. Snoring and heavy breathing were heard. At 7:34 p.m., there was coughing, huffing and deep breaths. An attendant began yelling "Billy" and checked the inmate and grabbed his shoulder, but there didn't seem to be any reaction. Minutes later, Irick let out a cough or choking sound, as his face turned dark purple. Then he appeared to stop making noise and was soon after pronounced dead.

Hours earlier Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution, denying Irick's request for a stay. But Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a blistering dissent, recounting details from a recent state court trial of a case brought by inmates contesting Tennessee's execution drugs.

Irick's attorney, Gene Shiles, said his client was stoic in his last hours and accepted what would happen with "a lot of grace." Irick ordered up a burger, onion rings and a soft drink for his last meal, and spoke with chaplains, Shiles said.

It was the first execution in Tennessee since December 2009, when inmate Cecil Johnson received a lethal injection for the 1980 killings of three people during a Nashville convenience store robbery. Since then, the state has endured legal challenges and difficulties finding execution chemicals, including its previous drug, pentobarbital.

On Monday, the state Supreme Court also had refused to block Irick's execution, saying the lawsuit filed by inmates involving the execution drugs wasn't likely to succeed. That case is continuing in a state appeals court.

In a ruling late last month, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle wrote that attorneys for 33 death row inmates, including Irick, didn't prove that there is a substantially less painful means to carry out an execution or that the drugs the state planned on using would cause the inmate to be tortured to death.

Tennessee's execution protocol called for use of midazolam as a sedative, the muscle-relaxer vecuronium bromide and then potassium chloride to stop the heart.

At question is whether midazolam is actually effective in rendering someone unconscious and unable to feel pain from the other two drugs. Federal public defender Kelley Henry said at trial that inmates were tortured to death, feeling like they were suffocating, drowning, and utterly confused.

Henry said in a statement Thursday night that witness observations suggest the midazolam didn't render Irick fully unconscious, and those accounts were "indicative of pulmonary edema" from the drug.

Attorneys for the state have said the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the use of midazolam in a three-drug series. Once Irick was dead, Attorney General Herbert Slatery said justice was delayed too long for the little girl killed and her family.

A small group of the victim's family members watched in a separate viewing room. They opted against speaking at a news conference afterward.

"I hope tonight's lawful execution in some way eases the heartache Paula's family has lived with and brings a degree of closure to a chapter of their lives that has been indescribably difficult," Slatery said in the statement.

In Nevada, the drug company Alvogen has sued to block use of midazolam in a stalled execution. Tennessee is one of 15 states siding with the state of Nevada against the company, though Tennessee is planning to use a version of the drug that is compounded, not directly purchased from a manufacturer.

Supporters and opponents of the death penalty turned out Thursday evening in places around the state.

The Tennessean newspaper reported death penalty opponents gathered around Tennessee in several churches and outside the prison before the execution. About 50 protesters were outside the prison, while others who support the death penalty also showed up as authorities kept the two groups apart.

The execution comes a week after Pope Francis revealed new Catholic church teaching that deems the death penalty "inadmissible" under all circumstances.

Prior to the pope's emboldened stance against the death penalty, three Catholic bishops in Tennessee wrote Gov. Bill Haslam, telling him that "the death penalty contributes to the growing disrespect for human life."

Haslam declined on Monday to intervene in Irick's case.

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Canadian police say at least 4 dead in shooting

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:01

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Police in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton, New Brunswick said Friday that one suspect is in custody after at least four people were killed in a shooting.

Fredericton police are asking residents to avoid the area and stay in their homes, but the circumstances of the shooting are unclear.

Police were also asking people on Facebook not to use social media to report on police locations.

David MacCoubrey, who lives in Fredericton, said he heard about 20 shots and was hiding on his kitchen floor.

"I'm on my floor," he said in a phone interview. "The cops have come through my place. They have searched all the apartments in the building. It sounded like it started in the courtyard area."

He awoke in his apartment on Brookside Drive around 7 a.m. local time to the sound of three gunshots 33 feet from his bed.

MacCoubrey said his apartment complex has four buildings in a square, and it sounded like the shots were coming from the middle of the complex.

He said police have been searching the buildings, and he's been sitting away from windows.

"It's not something that happens here regularly," he said.

Travis Hrubeniuk said his fiancee had just left for work around 7:45 when he began hearing a steady stream of sirens.

Hrubeniuk said residents have been advised to stay inside with their doors locked. The quiet residential neighborhood, which has houses, grocery stores, a church and an elementary school, is the last place Hrubeniuk said he expected to encounter a dangerous situation.

"This is the first time I've even heard of any serious crime or violent crime in this city," he said.

In 2014, a shooting in Moncton, New Brunswick left three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers dead and two wounded.

Fredericton has a population of about 58,000 and is located just northeast of Maine.

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Sobriety checkpoint scheduled tonight in Bexley

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 06:00

FRANKLIN COUNTY - The Franklin County DUI Task Force will hold a sobriety checkpoint this evening to combat impaired driving.

The checkpoint will be at the intersection of East Main Street and Parkview Avenue.

Members of the Franklin County DUI Task Force will conduct the sobriety check between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The task force says it wants to "impress upon those who will be consuming alcohol to plan for a designated driver or make other arrangements to get where they are going."

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Why are the locations and times of a sobriety checkpoint released?

Guidelines issued by the NHTSA instruct law enforcement to “aggressively” publicize the locations.

The goal, according to the NHTSA, is to not only to deter impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel but also to assure the protection of constitutional rights for both police and the public.

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CVS nasal spray recalled due to "microbiological contamination" fears

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 05:42

A CVS store-brand nasal spray is being recalled because it could be contaminated, the Food and Drug Administration says. The affected product, CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist, a clear, colorless liquid, is a nasal decongestant.

The potential problem is a microbiological contaminant, pseudomonas aeruginosa, which could be life-threatening for people with cystic fibrosis or who are immuno-compromised, the agency says.

More than 16,000 units of the half-fluid ounce bottle are included in the recall.

Product Quest, the company that makes the spray, is in the process of notifying customers. It's calling back the spray voluntarily, the FDA notes.

There haven't been any illnesses reported yet stemming from the spray, the agency adds.

The affected product was sold nationwide with a UPC code 50428432365. The box contains the lot number 173089J, with an expiration date of September 2019.

The spray can be identified by the white spray bottle and an orange label with "Sinus Relief" written in white and the CVS Health logo on the top left.

Any consumers who bought it are urged to return it or throw it away.

The FDA says consumers with questions can call Product Quest at (386) 239-8787, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm EST. "Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product," the agency cautions.

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Back to School: 4 ways to stuff your backpack on a budget

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:50

COLUMBUS - The markers, pens, notebooks, folders, glue and countless other school supplies can add up. Local consumer advocates offer advice on keeping families’ school supplies costs down.

The Central Ohio Better Business Bureau recommends setting a budget before a family leaves home. Local mom and savings blogger Mary Hoover also says to take inventory before getting into your car.

“The best way to start your list is to see what you already have,” said “Mission to Save” Blogger Mary Hoover. “Don’t forget about that glue stick or barely-used notebook. I've checked with the teachers. It’s okay to tear out a few pages and just reuse those things.”

She also recommends shopping at more than one store to take advantage of the different school items on sale at each location. Price-matching can help cut down on stops.

“Just make sure you have the exact item. If it's washable markers that you need and the regular markers that are on sale on the ad, you're not going to be able to price match that.”

The Central Ohio BBB offered tips for back to school shopping:

  • Determine a budget. Decide how much you are willing to spend per person in advance. Creating a shopping list can help you avoid costly impulse purchases.
  • Have a plan. Schools often provide parents with a list of required items for the school year. These lists are also available at many retail stores and on school websites.
  • Take inventory. Before hitting the stores, see which items you already have. You may have leftover supplies from the previous school year or items you can reuse.
  • Check for refund and exchange policies.

For some families, budgeting for back-to-school expenses may be difficult.

Several local charities help make sure as many children as possible have what they need for their first day of school.

Ohio Newsboys Association, Inc., known best as the Charity Newsies, is one of the organizations accredited by the BBB. Charity Newsies helped provide clothing for over 500,000 school children in Franklin County over the years and are currently taking applications from families desiring assistance.

To learn more about Mission to Save click here.

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3 Miami Dolphins protest during national anthem

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:57

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Kenny Stills and two other Miami Dolphins protested during the national anthem before Thursday's exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Receivers Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Los Angeles Rams.

There were no apparent demonstrations by the Buccaneers.

Stills kneeled during the anthem in the 2016-17 seasons and has been vocal discussing social injustice issues that inspired the protest movement by NFL players.

The league and the players' union have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played, or remain in the locker room. The Dolphins issued a statement before training camp saying all options regarding the team's policy remain open.

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Judge allows release of Ohio man who confessed to 3 killings

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:23

TOLEDO, Ohio — An inmate who confessed to killing three people with his older brother during a string of murders in the 1980s will be released from prison under a decades-old plea deal, a judge ruled Thursday.

Attorneys for Nathanial Cook said the court had no other choice but to release the 59-year-old now that he has completed serving 20 years in prison as part of an agreement with prosecutors and the victims' families.

Lucas County Judge Linda Jennings told Cook that she reviewed all of her options, hoping to find a reason to keep him locked up. "Unfortunately, I found none," she said.

Cook didn't offer a smile or any other reaction after learning he would be released. He'll be required to spend his first six months in a work-release program where he'll live in a dormitory.

The judge also ordered Cook to wear an electronic monitor for a year and to register his address every 90 days because he's classified as a sexual predator.

Nathaniel Cook and his older brother, Anthony Cook, admitted in 2000 they were behind nine killings, including a string of eight murders in 1980 and '81. They told of how they preyed on women walking alone and young couples in parked cars, raping the women before killing them.

As part of the plea deal, Cook confessed to three murders while his brother admitted to killing five other people. Anthony Cook, who is serving two life sentences, already had been convicted in another killing.

Families of the victims said the confessions from Cook brothers gave them needed answers, but they wrote letters asking the judge to keep Nathaniel Cook in prison or at least placed under strict controls if he's released.

Many kept hope that investigators could link Nathaniel Cook to another crime, but they also knew this day was coming.

"We've dreaded it, but we agreed to it," said Pam Henderson, whose brother was killed by Anthony Cook in 1981.

Some said they were worried about what Cook could do once he's out.

"I'm disappointed. He needs to be in prison for the rest of life," said Sandra Rollins, who was raped and nearly died after being stabbed by the Cook brothers in 1980. "I'm afraid for other people out there."

The victims' families all agreed to the deal because it guaranteed that the brothers would be sent to prison and it gave them answers about who killed their loved ones.

Both brothers admitted to detectives that they first abducted Rollins and tried to kill her after fatally shooting her boyfriend.

Nathaniel Cook confessed that he and his brother were involved in two more killings. He said he strangled a woman they had abducted and that the pair then raped a 12-year-old girl and repeatedly hit her with a concrete block.

Cook said that was the last murder he was involved with, even though his brother continued with the killings until he was arrested in 1981.

Investigators long had suspected the Cook brothers were involved in the killings, but lacked evidence until 1998 when they finally tied them to one of the shooting deaths and rapes using blood samples and DNA evidence.

The brothers offered to confess in exchange for a chance of parole for Nathaniel Cook.

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Former UFC champ says he was victim of Ohio State doctor

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former UFC champion Mark Coleman says he's among the victims of a now-dead Ohio State team doctor who's been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 100 former students.

Coleman released a statement Thursday saying he wants to cooperate with investigators.

He also says that he never saw or has any direct knowledge that Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan knew about the sexual misconduct when he was an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1987 to 1995.

Coleman says previous comments attributed to him about Jordan in media reports weren't accurate or misconstrued.

Jordan has denied some wrestlers' claims that he was aware of the doctor's abuse.

Coleman wrestled for Ohio State in the late 1980s and later was an assistant coach there. He also wrestled at the 1992 Olympics.

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Fire does major damage to Reynoldsburg hotel

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:00

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at a hotel in the 2100 block of Brice Road in Reynoldsburg.

Firefighters responded to the Days Inn & Suites just after 7:30 p.m.

The Truro Township Fire Department believe the fire started in the attic area.

The fire was contained the lobby area and the area above the lobby.

Photos from the scene show a lot of damage to the hotel.

No one was hurt but a firefighter was checked out for heat exhaustion.

The firefighter is ok.

The fire department said 150 people were in the hotel and some are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Brice Road is shut down between Livingston Road and I-70.

Photo credit: Valarie Greenwalt

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Upper Arlington impounds Bird scooters left on the street

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 17:50

A controversial mode of transportation has ruffled feathers in Upper Arlington.

The Bird Scooter company dropped 20 motorized scooters in the right of way along Lane Avenue on Sunday.

The city impounded them on Monday.

The collection of scooters- that the company calls a "nest" - violates city ordinance.

The company says riders are supposed to park them at bike racks where possible.

Upper Arlington officials called the company to pick them up which they did.

Cities across the country are trying to figure out how to deal with these new modes of transportation.

Some cities, including Bexley, banned them, saying they are considered illegal for street use.

Upper Arlington is considering language to regulate the scooters.

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