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Indiana Task Force 1 departs WPAFB for Hurricane Maria deployment

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 6:41 PM
Updated: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

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UPDATE @ 8:30 p.m. (Sept. 23)

Indiana Task Force 1 departed today from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and arrived in Dover, Delaware, their last stop before Puerto Rico.

Nearly 30 members of IN-TF1 are headed to the island after it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

Authorities said Puerto Rico will be without power for weeks following the devastation.

UPDATE @ 10:55 p.m. (Sept. 20)

Nearly 30 members of Indiana Task Force 1 staying tonight at a Beavercreek hotel may be enjoying their last good sleep for awhile.

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The task force is ready to fly out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Thursday or Friday for the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Maria. They arrived tonight in the Dayton area, packed and ready to go to help out victims in the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico.

“Puerto Rico took a lot of devastated hits,” Tom Neal, Indianapolis Fire Battalion Chief and IN-TF1 member.

He is one of the members on his third deployment to a region affected by a hurricane.

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“Went to Harvey as part of the support team and then was on my way out the door to head home from Houston and then got diverted to Florida for Hurricane Irma,” Neal said.

Puerto Rico was hit by two hurricanes this month.

“We’re just now starting to get some of those damage reports out from the area that’s been hit with the hurricane,” he said.

Part of the task force includes four K-9s. The dogs will be asked to do a couple tasks.

“Both have live find as well as human remains detection so we will have the capability ... at the same time as the same handlers,” Neal said.

The team could be deployed anywhere from 10 to 14 days up to three weeks.

UPDATE @ 8:25 p.m.

Indiana Task Force 1 is holding an impromptu press conference at 9 p.m. outside their Beavercreek hotel.

The task force will be leaving from Wright Patterson Air Force Base for Puerto Rico after it was hit by Hurricane Maria. The task force has not been told when they would be deploying.

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Indiana Task Force 1 is preparing for deployment to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravages the island.

RELATED: Hurricane Maria: Live updates

The urban search and rescue team is sending 27 members to join rescue efforts.

They are headed to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and are scheduled to depart Thursday or Friday, according to the team’s social media posts.

IN-TF1 earlier this month was deployed for back-to-back responses for hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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New Miss Ohio crowned after third time in competition 

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:04 AM

Miss Maple City Matti-Lynn Chrisman of Cambridge was crowned this year's Miss Ohio Saturday, earning her spot to compete in the Miss America pageant in September. 

The 22- year-old captured the crown on her third time competing at Miss Ohio. Chrisman also competed three times as a teenager in the Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen program. 

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“I felt so at peace all week,” Chrisman said while addressing reporters for the first time after her win. 

She won the talent preliminary earlier in the week singing "Life of the Party" from the Broadway musical Wild Party, saying the song captures her fun personality on stage. 

A Kent State University graduate with a degree in musical theater, Chrisman participated in multiple university theatre productions and sang in several ensemble and acapella groups. 

This year's Miss Ohio Matti-Lynn Chrisman poses on stage with runner-ups.(MISS OHIO ORGANIZATION)

The first year of her local title was spent working on her personal platform "Pain Isn't Always Obvious," focusing on ending the stigma on mental health and suicide prevention. 

Chrisman received a $10,000 scholarship, courtesy of the Natalie Ruth Plank Memorial Fund, as well as a 2017 Chevy Cruze, donated by Graham Chevrolet. Chrisman also won the Paul Herlihy Spirit award for a returning contestant. 

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First runner-up, Madeline Carter, 21, of Berea, won a $4,000 scholarship. Second runner-up, Hannah Zimmerman, 23, of Circleville, won a $3,500 scholarship. Third runner-up, Mara Mason, 21, of Columbus, won a $3,000 scholarship. All non-finalists took home a $600 scholarship. Miss Ohio awarded more than $46,000 in scholarships this year. 

The Miss Ohio Organization is an official state preliminary competition to the Miss America Organization. 

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Ohioans against increased tariffs on Canada, Mexico; split on China, poll says

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 1:19 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

China Set to Impose New Tariffs on US Products China is adding tariffs on meat, fruit, wine and other goods from the United States. The move comes in response to taxes on imported steel and aluminium approved by President Trump. The new tariffs are to begin on Monday, the Chinese Finance Ministry said. Beijing increased the tariff rate on pork by 25 percent and 15 percent on 120 other U.S. goods.

A new survey shows Ohio voters oppose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union while they are equally divided on tariffs on Chinese goods if those duties raise the cost of consumer goods.

The poll, released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, suggest Ohio voters are more wary of tariffs and protectionist policies by the federal government than many political analysts believe.

By a difference of 45 percent to 35 percent, Ohio voters oppose the new 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imposed last month by President Donald Trump.

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That opposition increases to 57 percent if the steel and aluminum tariffs lead to higher prices. Economists have argued that tariffs on steel and aluminum will raise the price of a broad array of consumer products from cars, trucks, and washing machines.

“Despite Ohio’s reputation as a blue-collar bastion, Buckeye state voters overall are not supportive of increasing tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the United States from foreign lands,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.

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The polls shows 55 percent of Ohio voters favor tariffs on Chinese imports, but when asked if they would back those tariffs “raised the costs of goods that you buy,” support plummets to 46 percent while 46 percent would oppose the tariffs.

The poll of 1,082 Ohio voters was conducted by landline telephones and cell phones from June 7 through Tuesday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.

The poll also showed that 76 percent of Ohio voters favor allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain while 51 percent of voters want to retain the 2010 health law known as Obamacare.

Those numbers suggest that Republican officeholders are at odds with voters in Ohio. Republicans have been cool to overhauling immigration laws and a sizable majority oppose Obamacare.

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Ex-Indiana officer criminally charged in the death of his police dog

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 7:35 AM

Clint Ellis/Contributed Photo, WCPO-TV
Clint Ellis/Contributed Photo, WCPO-TV

A former Laurel, Indiana reserve police officer has been criminally charged following the death of his K-9, according to a WISH-TV report in Indianapolis. 

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Clint Ellis, 34, was charged earlier this month with striking or interfering with a law enforcement animal, a felony, and misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal in connection to his K-9 Blade, who died on News Year’s Day, the station reports. 

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Court documents allege friends of Ellis saw Blade lying in his own waste, dead in his cage on New Year’s Day in January. Those friends added Blade lost a significant amount of weight since Ellis got the dog in August, the station reports. 

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After Blade’s death, Laurel police posted on their Facebook page the police dog became sick while in his handler’s care and died. However, that post has since been deleted, according to WISH-TV. 

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources investigated the dog’s death and sent Blade’s body to Purdue University for a necropsy. The necropsy found Blade died from an intestinal foreign body and emaciation, the station reports.  

This is not the first time Ellis has faced criminal charges in 2018. In February, he was charged with two theft charges while he was still with the Laurel Police Department. 

A fellow Laural police reserve officer contacted the Indiana State Police in January after receiving a stolen handgun as a gift from Ellis, the station reports. Police and court documents indicate Ellis seized four handguns, including the one he later gave as a gift, after executing a search warrant in November. 

Ellis allegedly didn’t put the one gun into evidence and kept it in his possession until he gave it to the other officer as a gift, according to WISH-TV. 

The investigation also found Ellis obtained $2,500 from the city to conduct drug investigations, but the money was never used for its intended purpose and he could not account for it. 

Ellis was “relieved of his position” with the department in January.

The Laurel Police Department was Ellis’ third department as an office. He started with Liberty, Indiana police and was let go in 2011. However the department didn’t specify to WISH-TV why he was let go.

Ellis was then hired by the Carthage Police Department but he was kicked out of the police academy for unauthorized computer use, the station reports. 

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Gov. John Kasich more popular with Democrats in Ohio than Republicans, poll says

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 5:24 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 5:24 PM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)

Gov. John Kasich has a good approval rating with one political party in Ohio, just not his own.

A new Quinnipiac University poll reports that that Gov. John Kasich has a 52 percent job approval rating overall and he’s more popular among Democrats than his fellow Republicans who are evenly divided over the governor.

Fifty-seven percent of Democrats give Kasich the thumbs up and 52 percent of them would like to see Kasich make another run for president in 2020.

Meanwhile, nearly three in four Republicans say they don’t want him to run for president in 2020.

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Kasich was the last Republican candidate to drop out of the race against Donald Trump in the Republican primary in 2016.

Rumors have swirled since that Kasich may run again as a Republican in 2020. Kasich says he is unlikely to challenge President Trump as an independent, but hasn’t ruled it out.

It’s unlikely, but when you have options on the table, all options are on the table, right?” Kasich said in an interview with CNN.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted June 7 to June 12, contacted 1,082 Ohio voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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