An 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier who just missed becoming the oldest man to reach the summit of Mount Everest five years ago is back on the mountain to make another attempt at the title.Full Story >
An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer on Thursday became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest - although his record may last only a few days. An 81-year-old Nepalese man, who held the previous record, plans his...Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:07 AM EDT2013-05-23 04:07:35 GMT
So just what is a tornado cave? The idea of a tornado cave goes back to the 1880s, and the first member of my list of severe storm 'rock stars'. Sometime in the future, I will reveal all the members ofFull Story >
So just what is a tornado cave? The idea of a tornado cave goes back to the 1880s, and the first member of my list of severe storm 'rock stars'.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:48:39 GMT
In preparation of Memorial Day, a group of boy scouts spent Wednesday evening putting flags at CVG. The young men from Troop 1 in Florence, along with members of the local American Legion, lined the entranceFull Story >
In preparation of Memorial Day, a group of boy scouts spent Wednesday evening putting flags at CVG.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:29 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:29:53 GMT
Local residents had their final chance to weigh in on Cincinnati's $35 million budget deficit on Wednesday evening. In addition, Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan made a new proposal during the meeting asFull Story >
Local residents had their final chance to weigh in on Cincinnati's $35 million budget deficit on Wednesday evening. In addition, Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan made a new proposal as an effort to fill the budget gap. Full Story >
HAMILTON (AP) - A broad range of charges against twin brother pediatricians accused of molesting some of their patients, with some allegations dating back 20 years, make the legal case particularly challenging for the judge and jury, legal experts said.
Dr. Mark Blankenburg, 53, went on trial Monday. He faces 41 charges involving sex, drugs, bribery, money laundering and compelling prostitution. His brother, Dr. Scott Blankenburg, goes on trial in April on 22 charges that are similar but do not include drug counts. Both have pleaded not guilty.
The doctors have been ordered not to be with minors and have agreed not to practice medicine while their cases are pending. Adding to the complexity, the judge in the current trial is determining some counts and the jury is deciding others.
Mark Blankenburg last week waived his right to a jury on some charges. The judge ruled that the jury will determine the 16 sex charges against Blankenburg, while he decides Blankenburg's guilt or innocence on 25 charges including bribery, money laundering, compelling prostitution and drugs.
"I've never had a case where I've tried some charges to a jury and some to a judge for the same defendant in one trial," said defense attorney Martin Pinaleso of Cincinnati, a former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "I'm not saying it's never happened, but I've never heard of it to this extent."
Other legal analysts said the complexity of the case sets up issues for possible appeal if the doctor is convicted.
"When you have so much evidence that has to be put in little compartments or limited areas, you're going to run into issues of whether it was done correctly," said Cincinnati defense attorney William Gallagher.
Four men accuse Mark Blankenburg of molesting them as minors and giving them hush money and prescription narcotics that led to drug abuse. Three of the accusers say they continued to demand money from the doctor as adults in exchange for sex and silence.
The defense says the doctor is the victim of extortion and false allegations. Not only were separate trials ordered for the brothers, but a judge determined that pornography charges against Mark Blankenburg would be heard separately in a second trial not yet scheduled.
Jurors last week appeared to pay close attention as the judge instructed them to focus on the alleged sex crimes while hearing evidence also involved in the other charges. Issues that could lead to appeals include whether evidence was properly presented on separate charges, analysts said.
"You can't have a million trials on these charges, so mostly it's all having to go into one trial," said Christo Lassiter, a law and criminal justice professor at the University of Cincinnati. "But obviously the prosecution, the judge and the defense have to be very careful about all the information going before the jury."
The prosecution last week called the four accusers, their family members and girlfriends to testify. Blankenburg's attorneys repeatedly challenged the accusers' truthfulness and character during cross-examination.
The defense is expected to present its case in the coming days. Two accusers have criminal records, with one in prison for life for attempting to kill a police officer.
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetFull Story >
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:20:28 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:38:38 GMT
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation. Jeremy Collett, 30, of Winchester, Ohio was arrested and charged with two counts of Trafficking Drugs prescription pills toFull Story >
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:47:42 GMT
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge David Bunning sentenced Lee Moore, 43,Full Story >
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison.Full Story >