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Suspect identified in fatal officer-involved shooting in Columbus

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 05:56

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Division of Police says a suspect has died after an officer-involved shooting on the south side.

Columbus Police say the incident began as a traffic stop near the intersection of Lockbourne Road and Frebis Avenue around 5:07pm.

Jason Thomas Christian/WCMH

According to Columbus police, officers were following 32-year-old Jason Thomas Christian in connection with a series of car break-ins in Columbus. Officers stopped Christian’s vehicle due to a warrant issued by Whitehall police.

Christian pulled his car into the lot of a Mobil gas station at 1509 Lockbourne Road and stopped the car, according to police.

Officers walked up to the car and told the driver he was under arrest, according to police. The officers then opened the door and attempted to get Christian out of the car.

Christian then put the car into drive and accelerated, dragging one of the officers, according to police. The officer struck a parked car as the car continued to move. The officer pulled out his gun and fired multiple times, striking Christian while the vehicle was still dragging him through the parking lot.

The officer fell from the car, and the car continued until it jumped a curb and hit a fence, police said.

Christian was taken to Grant Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The officer was taken to Grant Medical Center to be treated for injuries to his legs and arm.

Police said the entire incident was captured on security cameras from the gas station.

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Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 05:29

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s.

On Wednesday, it rang again.

Eric Frein, the would-be revolutionary who shot two Pennsylvania troopers, one fatally, was sentenced to death late Wednesday. The jury’s decision that Frein should die by lethal injection brought a shout of “yes!” from a gallery that included high-ranking state police brass, the slain officer’s mother and the trooper who suffered debilitating injuries after Frein shot him with a high-powered rifle.

District Attorney Ray Tonkin says the jury delivered a penalty that is “so richly deserved” by Frein.

His lawyers promise an appeal.

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Police say woman held hostage in pit had reported harassment

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 05:29

BLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) – Police say an Ohio woman who was kidnapped and kept trapped in a small pit in her neighbor’s shed had reported receiving harassing phone calls and text messages from him.

Blanchester police say the woman was reported missing early Wednesday and was found about two hours later by officers responding to neighbors’ calls about a woman crying. They say she reported the harassment by Dennis Dunn in October. But they say she declined to participate in any prosecution of him at that time.

Dunn was arrested and jailed Wednesday. He can’t be reached for comment. He awaits a court appearance Thursday on a felony kidnapping charge.

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President Trump won’t pull U.S. out of NAFTA, for now

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 05:13

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.

The White House made the surprise announcement in a read-out of calls between Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“President Trump agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the NAFTA deal to the benefit of all three countries,” said the White House.

Trump said he believes “the end result will make all three countries stronger and better.”

The Mexican government confirmed the conversation in a statement issued late Wednesday.

“The leaders agreed on the convenience of maintaining the North American Free Trade Agreement and working together with Canada to carry out a successful renegotiation for the benefit of all three countries,” the statement read.

Trudeau’s office issued a brief statement saying “the two leaders continued their dialogue on Canada-U.S. trade relations, with the Prime Minister reinforcing the importance of stability and job growth in our trade relations.”

The White House announcement came hours after administration officials said Trump was considering a draft executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the deal — though administration officials cautioned it was just one of a number of options being discussed by the president and his staff.

Some saw the threat as posturing by Trump to gain leverage over Mexico and Canada as he tries to negotiate changes to the deal. Trump railed against the decades-old trade deal during his campaign, describing it as a “disaster.”

Senior White House officials had spent recent days discussing steps that could be taken to start the process of renegotiating or withdrawing from NAFTA before the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office, according to a person familiar with the president’s thinking.

But the person, along with an administration official, who both spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal deliberations, had said a number of options remained on the table, and stressed discussions are ongoing about the best way to proceed.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment on the order, which was first reported by Politico.

“The president has made addressing the problems of NAFTA a priority throughout the campaign, and once the president makes a decision about how he wants to address that, we’ll let you know,” he said.

The administration appeared to be divided Wednesday over how and when to proceed, as they balanced a newfound cautiousness with the desire to rack up accomplishments before Trump’s 100th day on the job.

Some were gunning for Trump to sign a draft order this week, while others were weighing the complications surrounding withdrawing from or renegotiating the deal without Congress fully onboard. The debate played out in the press Wednesday as some outlets quoted officials insisting the signing was imminent, while other officials dismissed the reports as “just a rumor.”

“My practice is to comment on things we’ve actually done or are doing as opposed to commenting on rumors,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters at an unrelated White House briefing Wednesday evening.

Trump could withdraw from NAFTA — but he would have to give six months’ notice. And it is unclear what would happen next. The law Congress passed to enact the trade pact might remain in place, forcing Trump to wrangle with lawmakers and raising questions about the president’s authority to raise tariffs on Mexican and Canadian imports.

The decision came days after the administration announced it would slap hefty tariffs on softwood lumber being imported from Canada. Trump has also been railing against changes in Canadian milk product pricing that he says are hurting the American dairy industry.

Trump told The Associated Press in an interview last week that he planned to either renegotiate or terminate NAFTA, which he and other critics blame for wiping out U.S. manufacturing jobs because it allowed companies to move factories to Mexico to take advantage of low-wage labor.

“I am very upset with NAFTA. I think NAFTA has been a catastrophic trade deal for the United States, trading agreement for the United States. It hurts us with Canada, and it hurts us with Mexico,” he said.

Another senior White House official declined to comment on “rumors” of specific actions. But that official said NAFTA has been a top priority for the president since day one and said the administration has been working on it since taking office. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration’s thinking.

The Trump administration last month submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating NAFTA, disappointing those who were expecting Trump to demand a major overhaul.

In an eight-page draft letter to Congress, acting U.S. Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn wrote that the administration intended to start talking with Mexico and Canada about making changes to the pact, which took effect in 1994.

The letter spelled out few details and stuck with broad principles. But it appeared to keep much of the existing agreement in place, including private tribunals that allow companies to challenge national laws on the grounds that they inhibit trade — a provision that critics say allows companies to get around environmental and labor laws.

Reports Wednesday of the possible move drew objections from some in Congress, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

“Withdrawing from #NAFTA would be a disaster for #Arizona jobs & economy,” he tweeted. “@POTUS shouldn’t abandon this vital trade agreement.”

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Ohio drivers fear drugged drivers more than drunk drivers

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 04:38

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association shows drugged driving has passed drunk driving as a cause of fatal crashes.

Statistics in the study show drugs were present in 43% of fatal crashes.

A survey from AAA shows a majority of Ohio drivers fear drugged drivers more thank drunk drivers. Three out of four drivers surveyed viewed the use of illegal drugs before driving as a “very serious threat”. By comparison, 66% of people said the same thing about people drinking and driving.

“Public awareness of the drugged driving issue is critical to finding a solution,” said AAA Spokesperson, Cindy Antrican. “The new statistics mirror what the public is already feeling which is the dire threat to their safety posed by drugged driving.”

“This is especially significant when you consider the number of years it took to get the public to fully understand the dangers posed by drinking and driving.”

Recent crash statistics released by the Ohio Department of Transportation show a 25% increase in drugged driving crashes since 2012. There were more than 3,500 drug-related crashes in Ohio in 2016.

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Man arrested for OVI after crashing into parked car

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 04:05

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — A man is behind bars after crashing into a parked car in Vandalia.

Police investigate a suspected OVI crash on Helke Road in Vandalia.

Police say the man was driving under the influence when he slammed into the back of a car in the 500 block of Helke Road around 3 a.m. on Thursday.

Police didn’t say whether the man was suspected of driving drunk or under the influence of drugs.

Officers on scene say that determination won’t be made until tests results come back.

No one was injured during the crash.

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