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Study: 40 percent of Americans report skipping a visit to the doctor to save money

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 04:31

Doctors in Columbus said they've seen first hand what researchers nationally are sounding the alarm about: People are putting off medication or diagnostic tests because they're afraid of the bills that come with them.

A primary care physician with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center said it is common.

Dr. Randall Wexler said "Patients declining medical recommendations due to concerns out of cost is common. It is something I deal with on a weekly if not daily basis. However, it is more than just not coming in for an office visit. Patients will often refuse recommended diagnostic testing out of concern for cost. In addition, patients often forgo medication treatment for the same reason."

About 40 percent of Americans report skipping a recommended medical test or treatment, and 44 percent say they didn't go to a doctor when they were sick or injured in the last year because of cost. That's according to a new national poll from NORC at the University of Chicago and the West Health Institute.

The question is this: What is behind it all?

"One thing to understand is that Ohio has one of the largest penetrations of high-deductible health plans," said Dr. Wexler. "Because of this, many patients have a high bar to hit before their insurance covers any of their medical needs which exacerbates this in Ohio."

The February poll looked at more than 1,300 adults. According to the survey, most Americans do not feel they are getting a good value for their healthcare money. About 30 percent said that over the last year they had to choose between paying for medical bills or basic necessities like food and housing.

More people fear the medical bills that come with a serious illness than fear the illness itself. Those who reported skipping a recommended test or treatment were about two times more likely to fear getting sick. About one in three people in the study reported they did not fill a prescription or took less than the prescribed dose to save money.

Dental care also suffered. Nearly half say they went without a routine cleaning or check up over the last year. 39 percent say they did not go to the dentist when they needed treatment. 36 percent said they had to use up all or most of their savings, 32 percent report borrowing money or increasing credit card debt and 41 percent say they decreased contributions to a savings plan because of healthcare expenses.

Dr. Wexler offered a few steps people can take to make getting the right care more affordable.

"A number of things can be done to help mitigate cost," said Dr. Wexler. "One, is to ask your provider if the medication being recommended may be obtainable for free or at low cost. Many pharmacies do provide certain medications either for free or at a very low cost. For routine laboratory assessments, participate in health fairs where you can generally get your cholesterol and sugar checked, as well as your blood pressure evaluated. Some offices will offer discounts for cash payment, but patients need to be sure to be clear about the rules. In many instances it is only for those without coverage, not those with high-deductible health plans."

"Finally, some patients may be eligible for sliding scale deductibles based on income at offices serving populations in health professional shortage areas," said Dr. Wexler.

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Anchorage voters first in the nation to reject bathroom bill

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 04:10

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Voters in Alaska's largest city are on track to becoming the first in the U.S. to defeat a so-called bathroom bill in a referendum that asked them to require people using public bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender at birth.

The initiative asked Anchorage's voters to repeal an ordinance passed in 2015 that prevented discrimination based on sexual orientation and added a clause that would have prevented transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identities.

Voting by mail and in person ended on April 3 and the repeal effort was losing 53-47 percent as of Monday, with nearly 78,000 votes counted and only several hundred to be counted when tallying ends on Friday. Supporters of the referendum have conceded defeat and opponents are claiming victory.

Among those celebrating was Lillian Lennon, who was 14 when her parents sent her from Alaska to Utah for residential therapy, where conversion therapy was practiced and the transgender teen was placed in a boy's dorm.

"I was forced to go by pronouns and a name I didn't identify with, and was regularly harassed and bullied for who I was and simply not being able to be known as myself," she said.

Lennon took the semester off from the University of Alaska Anchorage to campaign against the initiative, and said her parents spoke out against it.

"I wasn't able to live my life fully, and I absolutely would not want anyone under any circumstances to have to go through what I had to go through," Lennon said.

After the result's final tally emerges and it is certified next week, Anchorage will hold the distinction of being the first U.S. voting jurisdiction to defeat such an effort in a stand-alone ballot measure, said Alex Morash, spokesman for the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.

The issue of transgender bathroom access moved into the national spotlight in 2015, after the Houston City Council adopted a nondiscrimination ordinance that included protections for transgender people using restrooms based on gender identity.

Opponents of the ordinance gathered enough signatures for a repeal referendum, then mounted a campaign using the slogan "No Men in Women's Bathrooms." By a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent, the anti-bias ordinance was repealed.

In Massachusetts, voters will be asked in November whether they want to repeal a 2016 state law barring discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations, including allowing transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identities.

The Anchorage proposition was filed by Jim and Kim Minnery and their group, Alaska Family Action.

While conceding defeat, Jim Minnery said "we're encouraged that 47 percent of the people in Anchorage didn't buy into the $1 million infusion that the outside LGBT activist groups poured into the city."

Groups opposed to his effort reported receiving about $826,000 in donations while Minnery's campaign effort, Yes on 1 Protect Our Privacy, raised nearly $140,000.

With Alaska's economy emerging from a recession, influential city groups were wary about a possible economic backlash if the repeal was successful.

That happened in North Carolina in 2016 after state lawmakers passed a bathroom bill and the NCAA and NBA pulled games from the state. An Associated Press analysis conducted before lawmakers rolled back the restrictions found the law would cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years.

In Alaska, those against the bathroom bill included oil company BP, the Wells Fargo Bank and Visit Anchorage, which represents the city's tourism industry.

"The experience of North Carolina seems to be a pretty good case study on the national reaction, kind of significant and fairly united national reaction to this kind of ordinance or law or proposition," said John Kauffman, an Anchorage lawyer who campaigned against the measure.

Anchorage is much more isolated than North Carolina and the bathroom measure could have hurt the city, he said.

"Just from a purely economic standpoint, it seems like a really bad idea," Kauffman said of the proposition.

The LGBT community has seen a series of wins over the years, from more lenient policies allowing gays to openly serve in the military to legalized same-sex marriage. Most were focused on the lesbian, gay and bisexual part of the acronym, said Jeremy Goldbach, an associate professor of social work at the University of Southern California who specializes in LGBT issues.

There has been criticism from the transgender community that the "T'' gets left off, he said.

"I think that has given room and rise to these bills like in North Carolina and these proposals trying to come out of Alaska," he said.

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1 person in critical condition following crash on I-71, highway shut down

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 04:05

COLUMBUS - One person is in critical condition following a crash on I-71 northbound, according to Columbus police.

The single-vehicle crash happened around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning on I-71 north between 17th Avenue and Hudson Street.

The road in that area is currently closed.

According to police, the vehicle lost control. Emergency responders transported a woman to Grant Medical Center.

Right now, police are forcing all traffic off I-71 at E. 17th Avenue.


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1 dead, 1 hurt after shooting in Licking County

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 03:32

HEATH, Ohio- One man is dead after a shooting in Licking County, according to police.

Heath Police said the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of Conn Way Drive.

Detectives tell 10TV a man and woman were both found shot inside a home. Emergency responders pronounced the man dead at the scene and the woman was taken to Licking Memorial Hospital.

Her condition is unknown at this time and police have not identified the shooter, according to authorities.

This incident is still under investigation.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com on this developing story.

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Takata acquired by Key Safety Systems, president resigns

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 23:38
Takata Corp., the Japanese air bag maker embroiled in a massive recall, says the acquisition by U.S. mobility safety company Key Safety Systems has been completed, and the president resigned.

Takata President Shigehisa Takada said Thursday in a statement he has resigned as president and chairman, replaced by Yoichiro Nomura, chief financial officer, effective Wednesday.

Takata went into rehabilitation proceedings last year, slammed by the massive costs and sales damage from defective Takata air bag inflators, which can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel into a vehicle's drivers and passengers.

At least 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries have been linked to the defect. Some 50 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled in the United States and millions more globally. But many repairs remain undone.
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Ohio Wildlife Council to vote on possible bobcat trapping season

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:17

It was a discussion that divided a packed house at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife District One building, Wednesday night.

The topic: a proposed trapping season for bobcats in the state of Ohio.

"It is only about trappers being able to trap and kill bobcats for recreation and for selling their furs," Jeffrey Crecelius said.

"They need to check their facts," Keith Daniels said. "Plain and simple."

Daniels is with the Ohio State Trappers Association. He says the proposal has been in the works for years and science backs up the argument for a trapping season. He says anyone who speaks against it is misinformed.

"It's a combination of misleading statements to downright lies," he said. "That's all it is."

Those opposed to the proposal say trapping is inhumane and cruel. They also argue more science is needed to make this decision and that bobcats are not a nuisance species.

"They're not a nuisance," Crecelius said. "They're not causing disease. They're not over-populating. There's no problem relating to the wild bobcat."

The Ohio Wildlife Council heard arguments for and against the trapping, Wednesday night. Nine spoke against the proposal. Two talked in favor.

If approved, the season would be from Nov. 10, 2018, to Jan. 31, 2019.

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If you live in Zone A, bobcats are off limits. Zone B can trap 20 and Zone C can trap 40. Once 60 cats are bagged the season would be over.

"It's just another opportunity for the utilization of a natural resource," National Trappers Association member, Dave Linkhart said. "And that's what we're all about."

Heather Cantino lives in Athens (Zone B) and she traveled 85 miles for Wednesday's meeting just to voice opposition.

"Because this is an outrageous, dangerous, ill-advised, poorly-planned proposal," she said.

Something else those opposed don't like is that Ohio University began a population modeling survey for bobcats in 2017. The survey is supposed to last until 2020. Without that evidence, some say trapping is unfounded.

"They don't have a viability analysis that would tell them how many bobcats could be safely trapped without endangering the population, again," Cantino said.

Bobcats in Ohio were taken off the endangered species list in 2014 after a survey showed the population of the cat reached about 1,000.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is expected to vote on this matter in May. ODNR says the trapping season would not impact the bobcat mating season and it's needed to provide estimates of unbiased demographic rates to inform bobcat population modeling.

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Grove City police searching for suspects in recent robberies

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 19:29

GROVE CITY -- Grove City investigators are searching for criminals after two robberies were reported Friday night, just about 15 minutes apart.

The victims reported seeing three to four men and at least two with a gun.

Police believe the same group of suspects could be connected to a robbery in Columbus.

One woman said she was dragged from her car and still is healing from her injuries.

"I have some bruises on my hands," Avis Bradley-Vansickle said.

More mad than anything else, Avis Bradley-Vansickle put up a fight on Friday.

"I got very angry and he grabbed my purse and I was just like, no you're not getting this without a fight," Bradley-Vansickle said.

Bradley-Vansickle says she knows she's fortunate the suspects who robbed her didn't pull the trigger.

"Everything can be replaced except me," Bradley-Vansickle said.

Grove City investigators say Bradley-Vansickle arrived home and parked her car when four males approached her. At least two of them had guns.

"So I grabbed my purse and bag and as I swung around, a young man had a gun in my face," Bradley-Vansickle said.

They said Bradley-Vansickle resisted, but the suspects pulled her from her vehicle, saying "give it up" and took her purse and cell phone.

"I've always felt safe here. It's one of the reasons I moved here," she said.

Bradley-Vansickle says one robbers took her car keys and stole her rental car.

"I'm very fortunate I'm alive," Bradley-Vansickle said.

Fifteen minutes earlier, police responded to a robbery about two miles from Bradley-Vansickle's home.

They say the victims reported they had just pulled into their garage and parked the vehicle.

The garage door was open and as they exited the car, three males appeared and two of the males had guns.

Investigators say the suspects took one of the victim’s laptop computer and a cell phone from the other victim.

The Grove City Police Department said it's working with the Columbus Division of Police who reported a similar robbery on Saturday, with possibly the same suspects.

Now that Bradley-Vansickle is on the mend, she's telling others to look out because she says you never know who could be waiting.

"Check your environment. If there's someone in the area, go around your block or whatever until they're gone," she said.

Police say if you are in a car and believe you are being followed, do not go home or stop if they continue to follow you.

Call the police and tell them your location.

If you have any information about these robberies call the Grove City Police Department at 614-277-1710.

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Report: Missouri Gov. Greitens initiated unwanted sex acts

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 19:11

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens initiated a physically aggressive unwanted sexual encounter with his hairdresser and threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about it, according to testimony from the woman released Wednesday by a House investigatory committee.

The graphic report details multiple instances in which the woman said Greitens spanked, slapped, grabbed, shoved and called her derogatory names during a series of sexual encounters as he was preparing to run for office in 2015. The testimony contradicts Greitens' previous assertions that "there was no violence" and "no threat of violence" in what he has described as a consensual extramarital affair.

The report, signed by all five Republicans and two Democrats on the committee, describes the woman's testimony as credible and notes that Greitens has so far declined to testify or provide documents to the panel. But it outlines some of the Republican governor's public comments that appear to run counter to her allegations.

Flanked by other top Republican legislative leaders, House Speaker Todd Richardson announced that the special committee will expand its mission and make recommendations after the May 18 end of the regular legislative session on whether to pursue impeachment proceedings seeking to remove Greitens from office.

The special House investigation was initiated shortly after Greitens was indicted in February on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge for taking a nonconsensual photo of the partially nude woman and transmitting it in a way that could be accessed by a computer. The woman told the committee that Greitens took the photo after manipulating her into a compromising position during an unwanted sexual encounter and that he told her "everyone will know what a little whore you are" if she told anyone about him.

Greitens, 44, has refused to directly answer media questions about whether he took the photo, but he has steadfastly denied any criminal wrongdoing. He said he expects to be proven innocent during this trial, which is scheduled for May 14.

Speaking shortly before the report was released, Greitens told reporters gathered at the Capitol that he expected it to contain "lies and falsehoods" and reaffirmed his commitment to remaining in office.

"This is a political witch hunt," Greitens said, invoking one of President Donald Trump's favored criticisms of unwanted investigations. Greitens later added: "This is exactly like what's happening with the witch hunts in Washington, D.C."

Richardson called the women's testimony "beyond disturbing" and defended the integrity of the investigation. He said: "Let me be very clear about this: This is not a witch hunt, and the committee had no political agenda."

If the House were to impeach Greitens, the Senate then would choose seven jurists to conduct a trial on whether Greitens should be ousted. The impeachment process can occur independently of a criminal case.

The report prompted Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley to call for Greitens' resignation. Hawley, the state's attorney general, said the report contains "shocking, substantial, and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Governor Greitens."

Hawley is seeking Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat, and she and Democratic state legislative leaders also called for Greitens' resignation.

According to the report, the woman testified that she met Greitens in 2013 as a customer of her hair salon. She said she had a crush on Greitens but was shocked when he ran his hand up her leg and touched her crotch without her consent during a March 2015 hair appointment. He later invited her to his St. Louis home while his wife was out of town.

After she arrived through the back door, the report said that the woman testified Greitens searched her purse and "patted her down from head-to-toe." He then asked if she had exercised and had her change into a white T-shirt with a slit on the top and pajama pants.

"I thought, oh, this is going to be some sort of sexy workout," the woman testified.

But once in his basement, Greitens taped her hands to pull-up rings, blindfolded her, started kissing her, ripped open the shirt and pulled down her pants, the woman testified. She didn't give consent to be disrobed or kissed, the report said. The woman testified that she then heard a click, like of a cellphone picture, and saw a flash.

The woman testified that Greitens told her: "Don't even mention my name to anybody at all, because if you do, I'm going to take these pictures, and I'm going to put them everywhere I can. They are going to be everywhere, and then everyone will know what a little whore you are."

When she remained silent, the woman said Greitens "spanked me and said, 'Are you going to mention my name?' And I said, I just gritted through my teeth, and I said, 'No.' And he's like, 'Good, now that's a good girl.'"

"I was definitely fearful," the woman testified to the legislative committee.

After telling Greitens, "I don't want this," the woman testified that Greitens unbound her hands. She said she started "uncontrollably crying." She said Greitens then grabbed her in a hug and laid her down. She said he put his penis near her face and she gave him oral sex. Asked by the committee whether the oral sex was coerced, she responded: "Coerced, maybe. I felt as though that would allow me to leave."

The woman testified that she confronted him later that day about the photo and he responded: "You have to understand, I'm running for office, and people will get me, and I have to have some sort of thing to protect myself." Then she said Greitens added: "I felt bad, so I erased it."

The House committee report said it doesn't possess any physical or electronic evidence of the photo. Prosecutors in his criminal case previously acknowledged that they don't have the photo, though they could be trying to obtain it.

The woman's name never has been officially released; it is redacted from the legislative documents and she is identified only by her initials in court filings. Her attorney has repeatedly sought anonymity on her behalf.

The woman testified to the committee that she had several additional sexual encounters with Greitens, including one in June 2015 when "he slapped me across my face" after she acknowledged having slept with her husband. She said she "felt like he was trying to claim me."

In another subsequent sexual encounter, the woman testified that Greitens "out of nowhere just, like kind of smacked me and grabbed me and shoved me down on the ground, and I instantly just started bawling."

It "actually hurt, and I know that I actually was really scared and sad when that happened," she testified.

The woman's account contradicts statements Greitens made previously. Asked in a January interview with The Associated Press if he had ever slapped the woman, Greitens responded: "Absolutely not."

Greitens, a Rhodes Scholar and former Navy SEAL officer who was once considered a rising GOP star, first acknowledged having an extramarital affair on Jan. 10, when St. Louis TV station KMOV ran a story revealing that the woman's ex-husband had released a secret audio recording of a 2015 conversation in which she told him about the photo Greitens took at his home.

The woman testified to the House committee that her husband had said: "I'm going to ruin this guy."

Greitens on Wednesday criticized the House report as "one-sided tabloid, trash gossip that was produced in a secret room."

He also referenced a comment the woman made during a lengthy deposition in his criminal case when she was asked if she saw what she believed to be a phone. A court filing from Greitens' attorneys quoted her as saying, "I haven't talked about it because I don't know if it's because I'm remembering it through a dream or I — I'm not sure, but yes, I feel like I saw it after that happened."

Greitens and his defense team have seized on the "dream" comment to attack the credibility of her testimony. But the prosecutor in the case says the defense "cherry picked bits and pieces" of her nine-hour deposition and the woman's attorney says the comment referred to one particular instance concerning the photo.

In addition to the legislative investigation and the criminal case, Hawley is investigating The Mission Continues, the veterans charity founded by Greitens, as it relates to the state's consumer protection and charitable registration and reporting laws. That probe came after media reports that Greitens' campaign had obtained and used a charity donor list in 2015 as it ramped up fundraising for his gubernatorial bid.

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Associated Press reporters Blake Nelson in Jefferson City, Jim Salter in St. Louis and John Hanna in Topeka, Kansas, contributed to this report.

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Strawberries top 2018’s "Dirty Dozen" list of fruits and vegetables

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:09

For the third year in a row, strawberries top the "Dirty Dozen" list put out by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The list, published each year since 2004, ranks popular fruits and vegetables based on pesticide contamination.

The group found that one third of all conventional, or non-organic, strawberry samples contained 10 or more pesticides. One sample of strawberries was found to have an "astounding" 22 pesticide residues, EWG said.

Spinach, the second produce item on the list, contained pesticide residues in 97 percent of conventional, or non-organic, samples. Additionally, more than 98 percent of samples of strawberries, peaches, potatoes, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide, according to the activist group.

EWG emphasizes studies that show pesticides in high concentration can lead to health problems, especially in young children.

However, the list has generated some controversy in recent years. Outside researchers point out that overall pesticide chemical residues found on these fruits and vegetables are far below what has been scientifically deemed tolerable for human consumption, and according to federal safety standards they do not pose a health risk.

The report is based on tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration on more than 38,800 non-organic fruit and vegetable samples.

The full list of the EWG's "Dirty Dozen" includes:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Potatoes
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers

"It is vitally important that everyone eats plenty of produce, but it is also wise to avoid dietary exposure to toxic pesticides, from conception through childhood," Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with EWG, said in a statement.

But some food industry and farming groups express concern that the list may be doing more harm than good if it makes consumers wary of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

"EWG's recommended substitution of organic produce for conventional forms does not result in any decrease in risk because levels on conventional are so very low, if present at all," says the Alliance for Food and Farming, a nonprofit group comprised of both organic and conventional farmers.

"Read, learn, choose but eat more organic and conventional fruits and veggies for better health and a longer life. Both are very safe and can be eaten with confidence," the organization says.

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, a nonprofit that gets funding from major food and beverage companies and says it aims to provide science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety, points out that organic produce sometimes contains low levels of pesticides, too.

"Potential residues on either type of produce are in minute amounts that are not linked to any adverse health effects," said Tamika Smith, PhD, the group's director of food technology communications.

"On average, Americans don't come close to meeting these recommendations in the first place, and adding an additional barrier brings us further away from the target: eating a healthful, balanced diet," Smith writes. "...Whether fruits and vegetables are organic or conventional, it's a good idea to incorporate more of them into our diets."

The Environmental Working Group also released a companion list of 15 foods with the lowest levels of pesticide residues detected in federal testing.

The full list of the EWG's "Clean Fifteen":

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbages
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplants
  11. Honeydew melons
  12. Kiwis
  13. Cantaloupes
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli
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Grove City to host medication drop off

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:07

Medicine plays an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed it is important to dispose of them properly. Grove City is allowing citizens to bring expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications to Operation Medicine Drop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 28, at the Jackson Township Fire Station, 3650 Hoover Road. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Prescription, over-the-counter and pet medications in pill, powder or patch form are accepted. All medications should be removed from packaging and placed in a clear, sealed bag. Needles, lancets, syringes, inhalers, aerosols, liquids, creams and pastes are not accepted.

In support of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators’ safety initiatives, the Grove City Division of Police has a Drug Drop Box, accessible any time of the day or night, in the Grove City Safety Complex, 3360 Park St., for anonymous disposal of medicine.

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Play Ball! Baseball season in Columbus starts Thursday

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:05

When the Columbus take on the Durham Bulls at Huntington Park for the season home opener, there will be a few new additions at the park.

“We’re in pure panic mode,” Clipper General Manager said Ken Schnacke said.

That panic is more like organized chaos. With less than 24 hours before the start of the game, ground crews are putting the finishing touches on the field.

“You know it’s a lot more than new grass,” Wes Ganobcik head groundkeeper for the Columbus Clippers said.

“We completely changed the grade of the field and the slope, we changed how everything drains.

There are also changes heading to the park’s menu. More vegetarian and vegan options will be available. Jeff Roberts, Director of Operations says savory options like vegan cheese steaks and grilled tofu wraps should be available later in the season.

The Columbus Clippers face the Durham Bulls at 6:35 p.m. at Huntington Park.

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Buckeyes Spring Game tickets sold out for Saturday

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 15:48

COLUMBUS – Tickets are no longer being sold for the Ohio State vs. Michigan men’s lacrosse game and Ohio State’s LiFESports Spring Game, presented by Nationwide, both taking place Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Only individuals who have already purchased tickets will be admitted into the stadium, as will children under the age of 6. Ohio State students will still be admitted for free with a valid BuckID at Gates 32 through 36.

Parking is free in the lots around the stadium and on campus, with the exception of the west stadium lot. Gates into the stadium will open at 10 a.m. with lacrosse game action set to begin at 11 a.m., followed by the Spring Game at 1:45 p.m. Both games are included with admission.

About 18,000 seats will not be in use during the games because of construction in B-Deck and restoration work on parts of C-Deck. There are approximately 79,000 tickets distributed, and based on typical average attendance of Ohio State students and children under 6, the expectation is the stadium will be at capacity for the games.

Even with the unavailable seats in Ohio Stadium, Ohio State will still seek to lead the nation in spring game attendance for a fourth consecutive season. Ohio Stadium led the nation with 80,134 fans in an under-construction stadium last year, with a national record 100,189 fans in 2016 and with 99,391 in 2015.

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Dom & Dave: Buckeye QBs shine, TTUN cancels game, Cincy close to soccer stadium

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 15:47

You've seen them yell at each other in a poorly lit room on a shaky cell phone feed, but now, it's time to step it up.

Dom Tiberi and Dave Holmes are teaming up to discuss the top sports stories of the day among other topics.

Watch Dom & Dave every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 6:45 p.m. on 10TV.com or the 10TV Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 11 Topics

  • Which Buckeye quarterback will sine in Saturday's Spring Game?
  • TTUN cancels Spring Game. Does this say anything about their program?
  • Cincinnati closes in on a soccer stadium. Will they get the MLS bid?
  • What is the worst meal you have ever made?

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Union: Ohio guard stabbed by inmate remains in hospital

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 15:41

COLUMBUS — A prison guard stabbed multiple times by inmates in a February assault remains in the hospital several weeks after he was attacked, according to the union representing Ohio correctional officers.

Matthew Matthias is in stable condition while being treated for 32 stab wounds and numerous internal injuries and is on dialysis to help his kidneys recover, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association said Tuesday.

The union also criticized new security policies at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville where the Feb. 20 attack occurred. Those policies, in place at the time Matthias was stabbed, allowed mixing inmates with different security levels while treating them as though they were at a lower level than their designation, according to the union.

Matthias was taking two inmates with the highest security level to the prison infirmary when the attack happened, which shouldn't have been allowed, the union said.

Even if officials mixed inmates from different levels, "the entire range should be treated as if all inmates are at the highest level," said Christopher Mabe, president of the guard union.

The prison system says it made changes at the Lucasville prison following the "horrible attack" on Mathias and a consultant is reviewing policies and procedures at Ohio's highest-security prisons: Lucasville; the supermax Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown; and Toledo Correctional Institution.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction "remains committed to the operation of facilities that are safe and appropriately secure, especially our facilities that house extended restrictive housing offenders," said prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith.

One of the inmates accused of stabbing Mathias is Casey Pigge, a three-time convicted killer who boasted about strangling a fellow inmate on a prison bus. In September, Pigge pleaded guilty to killing fellow inmate David Johnson with a restraining chain as they rode on a prison transport van. He was sentenced to 25 years behind bars.

Pigge also is serving a life sentence for using a brick to kill cellmate Luther Wade in 2016, and 30 years to life for fatally slitting the throat of his girlfriend's mother in 2008.

The second inmate suspected in the attack, Greg Reinke, was involved in an attack last year in which he stabbed four inmates after slipping out of handcuffs, according to prison incident reports of that June 2017 assault. Reinke had 10- and 7-inch shanks, or homemade knives, at the time, according to a prison disciplinary report.

The inmates who Reinke attacked were handcuffed to an adjoining table and unable to defend themselves, the incident reports said.

One of the inmates freed himself to fight back, the report said, but the assault left "a significant amount of blood" on the table, floor and inmates themselves.

"Offender stated that he just felt like killing someone," a hearing officer concluded in a disciplinary report. Reinke was put on the highest security level afterward. Reinke is serving a life sentence for shooting and killing a man outside a Cleveland restaurant in 2004.

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Registered sex offender accused of impersonating a police officer in Vinton County

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 15:41

VINTON COUNTY, Ohio – A man is in custody and accused of pulling someone over while pretending to be a police officer in Vinton County according to the sheriff’s office.

The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office said it took a call on April 8 about a man using red and blue lights to pull someone over at Lake Alma State Park.

The caller said the man had a badge, radio and handcuffs and was able to get the driver out of the vehicle.

The man let the driver go.

The sheriff’s office said 22-year-old Joshua Byers of Albany, Ohio was arrested on April 11 in connection to the case.

Byers is a registered sex offender from Athens County, living in Vinton County. He is charged with failure to register as a sex offender, according to the sheriff’s office.

He pleaded guilty in 2014 of an importuning charge in Muskingum County and still is under supervision by the Adult Parole Authority.

The five-year supervision started in January 2015.

The sheriff’s office said charges of kidnapping and impersonating a police officer will be sent to the Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to review.

Byers is being held at the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail.

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Columbus police target men buying sex; Sting nets wide range of suspects

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 15:32

A middle school principal, a police sergeant, a Hilliard dentist, a restaurant owner and a top official with the Ohio National Guard - all of them caught in a prostitution sting.

Columbus Police say they and 22 other men answered an online ad for sex, and showed up at an Easton hotel, cash in hand.

Police say targeting "johns" is part of their effort to reduce the demand keeping the sex trade alive.

Heather Mohrman spent five years working in Franklin County's CATCH Court, a specialty docket focused on prostitution.

She currently works on the "demand" side of the issue, running a so-called "John School" aimed at reducing repeat customers who buy sex.

She says the subject is clouded by myths and misunderstanding.

About those who sell their bodies:

"Nobody wakes up in the morning and thinks, 'I can't wait to give 10 men oral sex by noon. And it doesn't matter who they are, what they look like, what they smell like. That doesn't exist."

And about the men keeping the sex trade alive with their dollars:

"Then we look at our stats, it's 'every man.' It's your neighbor next door who waters his lawn every morning, who goes to a normal job downtown every day, who has children, who has a spouse, who has been married for 25 years."

A point reinforced by the results of a recent Columbus Police sting.

Investigators say 27 men responded to an online ad for sex and showed up to the Easton Hilton.

Among the men accused:

  • A middle school principal, a dentist with a practice in Hilliard
  • The owner of a well-known local restaurant.
  • A Toledo police sergeant.
  • An Upper Arlington attorney
  • And a high ranking official with the Ohio National Guard

Mohrman says this is far from a victimless crime. And consent isn't consent when it's driven by sickness and basic survival.

"I've worked with over a thousand women and a few men who are soliciting in Franklin County. It is 99 percent of the time driven by an addiction, and especially in 2018, that addiction being heroin."

With that in mind, she supports treatment for those selling sex and prosecution plus treatment for those buying.

She believes strongly in the shift by Columbus Police, focused more on the Johns, and equity in enforcement.

"I believe it was 2012; we had a thousand women arrested in Franklin County, I think 24 men. There's something extremely wrong about that. When you are trying to purchase commercial sex, there is a complete detachment that that person is a human. And I think that is what these men sell out to. They sell out to the idea that somebody can be bought."

10TV also spoke with a victim's advocate who works with human trafficking survivors.

She says the men who buy sex are actually more powerful than the pimps and traffickers.

Like any other business, if people stop buying, there goes the profit, and the lifeblood that keeps the sex industry alive.

Mohrman's non-profit, Reduce Demand, offers First Time Offender Classes and linkage to treatment/counseling for men. For more information, click here.

CATCH Court Changing Way Law Looks At Sex Trade Business

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Man regrets 911 call that led to Sacramento police shooting of Stephon Clark

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 15:01

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A neighbor said he regrets making the 911 call that preceded the fatal shooting by Sacramento police of an unarmed black man in his grandparents' backyard.

Dave Reiling told the Sacramento Bee he heard breaking glass on the night of March 18, went outside and found the windows of his two trucks smashed and a man in a hooded sweatshirt nearby. He briefly chased the man down the block and then called authorities.

Reiling regretted that his report led to the killing of 22-year-old Stephon Clark.

"It makes me never want to call 911 again," he said Monday.

Clark was shot by two Sacramento officers who fired 20 rounds while he stood in the backyard, across the street from Reiling's residence.

Police have said the officers involved in the shooting — who have not been formally identified by the department because of threats — feared Clark was pointing a gun at them. An autopsy found that Clark was shot from behind.

Reiling, who is white, said he couldn't make out facial features in the dark and wasn't certain if the man he saw by his trucks was Clark. He also was not sure if there was anything in Clark's hands, he said.

On the 911 call, Reiling keeps telling the dispatcher that "the dogs are going crazy" in the backyard where he thought the vandal had gone.

"He busted two of my windows in and he broke the car's window across the street from me," Reiling is heard saying in a recording released by police along with body camera video three days after the shooting.

Reiling stood on the street talking to the dispatcher on the phone until a helicopter and two patrol cars arrived. The helicopter crew instructed him to go indoors, so he did, he told the newspaper.

Minutes later, Reiling heard gunshots. He assumed police and the suspect were involved in a shootout, he said.

An officer is heard on the video yelling "gun" before he and his colleague shoot Clark, who was found with a cellphone but no weapon.

Reiling did not know Clark but said he saw him a few times when the young man visited his grandparents. Reiling, a mechanic, said he knew some of Clark's family members better and occasionally worked on their cars.

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn has said he believes Clark was the man who broke car windows on the night of the shooting but could not yet "say factually it was him."

Reiling said another nearby parked car also had a broken window.

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Trump administration weighing drug testing for food stamps

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 14:54

The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing, handing a win to conservatives who've long sought ways to curb the safety net program.

The proposal under review would be narrowly targeted, applying mostly to people who are able-bodied, without dependents and applying for some specialized jobs, according to an administration official briefed on the plan. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said roughly 5 percent of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could be affected.

The drug testing proposal is another step in the Trump administration's push to allow states more flexibility in how they implement federal programs that serve the poor, unemployed or uninsured. It also wants to allow states to tighten work requirements for food stamp recipients and has found support among GOP governors who argue greater state control saves money and reduces dependency.

Internal emails obtained by The Associated Press indicated that Agriculture Department officials in February were awaiting word from the White House about the timing of a possible drug testing announcement.

"I think we just have to be ready because my guess is we may get an hour's notice instead of a day's notice," wrote Jessica Shahin, associate administrator of SNAP.

Conservative policymakers have pushed for years to tie food assistance programs to drug testing.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, sued the USDA in 2015 for blocking the state from drug testing adults applying for food stamps.

A federal judge tossed the suit in 2016, but Walker renewed his request for permission later that year, after Donald Trump had won the presidency but before he took office.

"We turned that down," said former USDA Food and Nutrition Service Undersecretary Kevin Concannon, who served in the position under the Obama administration from 2009 until January of last year. "It's costly and cumbersome."

The proposal is not expected to be included in a GOP-written farm bill expected to be released as soon as early this week, a GOP aide said.

Federal law bars states from imposing their own conditions on food stamp eligibility.

Still, some states have tried to implement some form of drug testing for the food assistance program, so far with little success.

Judges have blocked similar efforts in other states. In Florida in 2014, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling that drug testing SNAP recipients is unconstitutional.

But at least 20 states have introduced legislation to screen safety net program participants in some capacity, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In December, Walker began moving ahead with a workaround, drug testing participants in the state's Employment and Training Program who also received food stamps.

USDA under Trump has not taken a public position on drug testing. But Secretary Sonny Perdue has promised to provide states with "greater control over SNAP."

"As a former governor, I know first-hand how important it is for states to be given flexibility to achieve the desired goal of self-sufficiency for people," he said. "We want to provide the nutrition people need, but we also want to help them transition from government programs, back to work, and into lives of independence."

The emails obtained by the AP suggest that a plan could be forthcoming.

The plan would apply to able-bodied people who do not have dependents and are applying for certain jobs, such as operating heavy machinery, the official said.

In a February 15 email to USDA officials, Maggie Lyons, chief of staff to an acting official at the Food and Nutrition Service, said, "We need to have a conversation about timing given budget and when the (White House) wants us to release drug testing."

If the administration moves forward, it would not be the first time drug testing was used in a safety net program.

At least 15 states have passed laws allowing them to drug-test recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, also known as welfare.

The discussion of the future of SNAP and potential changes to the program are set against the backdrop of the 2018 farm bill, slated for release as soon as this week. The bulk of the bill's spending goes toward funding SNAP, which often proves the most contentious part of negotiations; late last month, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., issued a statement on behalf of Democrats denouncing "extreme, partisan policies being advocated by the majority."

Ed Bolen, senior policy analyst at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities think tank, said requiring drug testing for food benefits will have consequences for already vulnerable populations. What's more, he said, implementing drug testing for SNAP recipients is legally murky.

"Are people losing their food assistance if they don't take the test, and in that case, is that a condition of eligibility, which the states aren't allowed to impose?" he said. "And does drug testing fall into what's allowable under a state training and employment program, which typically lists things like job search or education or on-the-job experience? This is kind of a different bucket."

The emails also show that USDA is weighing the possibility of scaling back a policy currently enacted in 42 states that automatically grants food stamp eligibility to households that qualify for non-cash assistance, like job training and childcare. The proposed change, which would impose income limits, could potentially affect millions.

Republicans tried to make similar changes when Congress passed the 2014 farm bill, but the cuts were rejected by Democrats and did not end up in the final bill.

Concannon, the former USDA undersecretary, said the Trump administration "is keen on weakening the programs developed to strengthen the health or fairness or access to programs and imposing populist requirements that aren't evidence based, but often stigmatize people."

The USDA in recent months has been under fire for its controversial plan to replace a portion of millions of food stamp recipients' benefits with a pre-assembled package of shelf-stable goods dubbed "America's Harvest Box." The food box plan was tucked into the Trump administration's proposed 2019 budget, which included cutting the SNAP program by $213 billion over the next 10 years. SNAP provides food assistance to roughly 42 million Americans.

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37 years later Jane Doe found in Ohio is identified as Arkansas woman

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 14:15

On April 24, 1981, the body of a female homicide victim was discovered on Greenlee Road, in Miami County, Ohio; she was fully clothed and was estimated to have been dead for only hours. She was wearing jeans and a fringed buckskin jacket with a Native American design.

Monday, DNA confirmation was made and Wednesday the Miami County Sheriff's office announced Marcia L. King of Arkansas was identified as the Miami County Jane Doe who became known as the Buckskin Girl. She was 21 years of age at the time of her death.

The DNA confirmation was made by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab. The Miami County Coroner, Dr. William Ginn, will issue the death certificate.

The scientific assistance that finally led to the victim’s identification was conducted by the DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit organization recently created to apply genetic genealogy tools to the identification of unknown persons. The victim's DNA was obtained from a blood sample that had been in storage since 1981; it was processed using advanced DNA techniques and uploaded to a public genealogy database.

The Miami County Jane Doe case was accepted as one of the first cases for the project. The DNA Doe Project relies on genetic genealogy tools similar to those used by genealogists for analyzing DNA results normally provided by direct-to-consumer testing companies.

The identification of the victim is critical in advancing the investigation towards finding the person or persons responsible for this crime.

The autopsy, conducted at Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, concluded the victim was killed by strangulation and blunt force trauma. The case has remained assigned to a detective as an active investigation since the victim was discovered. The female’s identity was not able to be determined at the time, though fingerprints were obtained and later entered into the FBI’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

The victim had no dental fillings but had a crown on her upper right front tooth.

The victim remained unidentified for nearly 37 years, despite continued efforts.

Timeline:

As DNA technology came available, the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab generated the victim’s nuclear DNA profile in 2001.

In December of 2008, the profile of “Buckskin Girl” as she became known was entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).

In 2009, her mitochondrial DNA profile was developed at the NamUs DNA lab at the University of North Texas. Both the nuclear and mitochondrial genetic profiles of the deceased were entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

In January of 2010, NamUs case management was assigned to Dr. Elizabeth Murray, a forensic anthropologist, and Professor of Biology at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, who has assisted in the investigation since then.

Identification efforts included a new facial image generated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in February 2016;

Pollen studies on the victim’s clothing by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency in April 2016;

Stable isotope studies on her hair in June 2016 in an effort to trace the victim’s location and geographic movements in the last year of life.

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Family on road trip goes missing in same county where SUV plunged off cliff

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 13:53

LEGGETT, Calif. -- A vehicle fell into a rain-swollen river and vanished last week in the same region of California's far north coast where a family that vanished during a road trip is last known to have been, authorities said. Mendocino County sheriff's Lt. Shannon Barney told The Press-Democrat of Santa Rosa that officials will launch a search of the south fork of the Eel River once water levels drop and the flow slows.

Witnesses reported a newer-model maroon vehicle, possibly a Honda Pilot, went into the river about 1 p.m. Friday, said California Highway Patrol Officer William Wunderlich. The vehicle was southbound on U.S. 101, pulled into a turnout and went over the side and into the river.

Police identified their vehicle as a maroon or burgundy 2016 Honda Pilot with license plates 7MMX138.

A "missing" poster shared by friends and family on Facebook identified the Thottapilly family members as 42-year-old Sandeep, 38-year-old Soumya, 12-year-old Siddhanty and 9-year-old Saachi.

The poster said their last known location was the "Klamath-Redwood National Park area."

San Jose Police Department Officer Gina Tepoorten said Sandeep Thottapilly and his family never arrived as planned at a relative's San Jose house on Friday.

In an email to CBS San Francisco, Tepoorten said her agency got a call from a family member wanting to make a missing person's report. The Thottapilly family was traveling from Portland to their home in Santa Clarita with a stop in San Jose along the way.

"The family never made it to their destination and have not been heard or seen from since Thursday," the email said.

The Klamath River and a string of state and federal redwood parks lie along U.S. 101 to the north of where the vehicle was seeing falling into the Eel River. A powerful storm late last week dropped 2 to 5 inches of rain in the region.

Farther south along the Mendocino County coast, authorities continue to look for members of a family missing since an SUV made a deadly and possibly intentional plunge off a towering ocean bluff along State Route 1 last month.

Sarah and Jennifer Hart and their six adopted children were believed to be in the family's SUV at the time. Five bodies were found March 26 near Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect, but three of their children were not immediately recovered from the scene along the shoreline.

A body was pulled out of the surf on Saturday but its identity was not immediately identified.

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