Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:50 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:50:50 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Four people have been shot in an condominium complex, according to MetroSafe. MetroSafe confirmed the shooting was reported at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday in the Lakeview condominium complex,Full Story >
MetroSafe confirmed the shooting was reported at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of Gardiner Lane.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:47:33 GMT
Wednesday night will be about the same, then as summer begins Friday, we are in for typical summer heat and humidity over the weekend. Full Story >
Officially, we bottomed out in the low 60s, but most areas from the city northward and valleys dropped into the 50s. Wednesday night will be about the same. As summer begins Friday, we are in for typical summer heat and humidity over the weekend. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:43 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:43:02 GMT
A worldwide pop star could be staying in the Queen City. According to multiple eye witnesses, Bruno Mars has been staying in downtown Cincinnati for at least the past week. Mars is set to kick off hisFull Story >
According to multiple eye witnesses, Bruno Mars has been staying in downtown Cincinnati for at least the past week.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:41 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:41:07 GMT
Witnesses at Kekahakai State Park's Mahaiula Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii say someone was bitten by a shark Tuesday afternoon. A spokesperson for the Department of Land and Natural Resources confirmsFull Story >
A man was bitten by a 14-foot long shark while swimming at Kekahakai State Park's Mahaiula Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii Tuesday afternoon. Full Story >
President Barack Obama's 26-hour whirlwind visit to Berlin caps three days of international summitry for the president, and marks his return to a place where he once summoned a throng of 200,000 to share his...Full Story >
Summoning the harsh history of this once-divided city, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cautioned the U.S. and Europe against "complacency" brought on by peace, pledging to cut America's deployed nuclear weapons by...Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A violent gang that profited by selling fake documents and sending money back to Mexico has been disrupted in Cincinnati, FOX19 News has learned.
Mexican crime bosses planted men in Cincinnati and 18 other U.S. cities, producing "an unparalleled 30,000 fraudulent documents" during a two-year reign and "sent approximately $1,000,000 in illegal profits back to Mexico," according to federal documents turned over to FOX19 by the U.S. Attorney's Office in eastern Virginia, where the case has gone to court.
The gang was a threat to national security, say federal prosecutors. After all, they point out, some of the 9/11 hijackers used fake documents from other sources.
But Butler County, Ohio Sheriff Richard Jones believes it's also a threat to neighborhood safety.
"If you bump into one of these people or you accidentally knock on their door – you're at the wrong address – and, hey, they don't know that you're not the police," he said.
Details of the year-long investigation by Homeland Security and immigration authorities were first reported by our sister station, WWBT-TV in Richmond, Virginia.
Among the revelations:
A 17-year-old was killed in Little Rock, Arkansas after being lured inside a trailer because the gang suspected he was trying to take over their turf.
The crime scene was so bloody even a federal judge was shocked.
"The most god awful, horrific, brutal homicide he'd ever seen," as U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride recalls him saying. "This from a judge who's been in law enforcement for 30 years."
The gang's national leader, "El Muerto," wanted his cell in Cincinnati and throughout the country to listen as a fellow gang member suspected of stealing from the group was tortured. Federal documents say the man was beaten, his feet put in water, jumper cables attached to his bare chest.
You can hear the man screaming in the secret recording made by federal agents.
They were listening to this macabre conference call live and risked their case by calling in local police to save the man's life.
"There was a swift response and ultimately the individual was able to make it out of there safe," said Homeland Security Special Agent Michael Lamonea.
The man ended-up in the trauma unit of a hospital with severe cuts and two cracked vertebrae.
Meanwhile, FOX19 News has learned, a similar violent attack was planned against competitors just across the river from Cincinnati in Convington, Kentucky.
We've also confirmed the leader of the U.S. operation, "El Muerto" – whose real name is Israel Cruz Millan – was in Cincinnati in 2009.
Federal court documents FOX19 obtained show the Cincinnati cell leader had been attacked by rival fake document makers and "El Muerto" wanted revenge.
But one of the gang members told the feds that he was never able to find his rivals.
Money was really what the gang was interested in. And over two years, they sent a million dollars back to Mexico.
FOX19 is able to show you – for the first time – details of a Western Union transaction between gang members that originated in Cincinnati.
We called the phone number with the 513 area code. It goes to an unidentified voicemail box.
When the feds moved-in in Cincinnati on November 18, 2010, court documents say they found cell members "in possession of fraudulent documents, as well as items related to the production of fraudulent identifications."
What worries federal authorities and Sheriff Jones, who's busted fake document rings in Butler County, is how good these documents look. It's very hard to tell the fakes from real U.S. documents.
"That's how good they are," said Sheriff Jones. "Police officers can't tell…And the police officers are the first ones that stop these people that are here illegally. They can't tell. No one can tell – other than if you're a federal agent and you're trained in this."
U.S. Attorney MacBride points out that these fake documents are for people in this country illegally who may have committed a crime or are planning one.
Federal prosecutors have now convicted 30 people for crimes related to this case.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:29 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:29:19 GMT
NEW WEST MINISTER, CANADA (WAVE) - A second grader with a disability was seemingly shunned during a class picture. For Anne Belanger, the photo was completely unacceptable. Her son, Miles, was pushedFull Story >
A second grader with a disability was seemingly shunned during a photo shoot at his elementary school.Full Story >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:03 GMT
The "Prescription Product" line will be discontinued from national retail company, Urban Outfitters, following a plea from 24 Attorney Generals last month, including Ohio's Attorney General, Mike DeWineFull Story >
The "Prescription Product" line will be discontinued from national retail company, Urban Outfitters, following a plea from 24 Attorney Generals last month, including Ohio's Attorney General, Mike DeWine and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:47:57 GMT
DENVER (KUSA/CNN) - A military widow wants to know why another woman's name is engraved on her husband's headstone. She discovered the mistake while visiting his grave at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver. "IFull Story >
A military widow wants to know why another woman's name is engraved on her husband's headstone.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:23 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:23:12 GMT
(CNN) – More than 23,000 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled on fears they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The recalled cases come from the National Beef Packing Company, basedFull Story >
More than 23,000 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled on fears they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:15 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:15:45 GMT
Police are trying to identify two victims following an assault in Clifton. Authorities say that two men assaulted a victim, took the victim's wallet and used the victim's bank card. The assault occurredFull Story >
Police have arrested two teenagers following an assault in Clifton. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:39 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:39:28 GMT
Police are in the 2400 block of Canterbury Avenue in Golf Manor investigating the report of two people shot. Few details are available at this time but canine units and an ambulance are on the scene. FOX19Full Story >
Golf Manor police officer Michael Forrest says an unknown individual went to the rear of the home and from the back patio shot several rounds into the bedroom. Full Story >
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