Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:00 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:00:00 GMT
Police are investigating an aggravated robbery in East Price Hill. It happened around 12:30 p.m. at Purcell Avenue and Freddie Drive. Initial reports are that a victim was hit in the head during an attemptedFull Story >
Police are investigating an aggravated robbery in East Price Hill.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:58:21 GMT
Here's what you can expect Thursday on the FOX19 Morning News: Stay ahead of the weather with Katy Morgan and Frank Marzullo with the Storm Tracker Forecast starting at 4:30 a.m. More than 2,200 paddlersFull Story >
Watch the Morning News from 4:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. to learn money-saving tips, vote for military heroes, and get a sneak peek of a 1965 replica of Coney Island.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 1:37 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:37:33 GMT
Several companies are recalling baby bath seats due to safety reasons. The bath seats fail to meet federal safety standards, including the requirements for stability. Specifically, the bath seats canFull Story >
Several companies are recalling baby bath seats due to safety reasons.Full Story >
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Documents released by the Arizona Secretary of State's Office indicate a barrage of emails from the Surprise tea party which prompted Ken Bennett to investigate the president's birth certificate.
But a CBS 5 investigation has found that the real driving force behind the move might have actually been a wealthy conspiracy theory peddler.
In the days and months before members of the Surprise tea party demanded Bennett investigate the legitimacy of President Obama's birth certificate, two authors who contribute to conspiracy theory websites gave presentations to the organization.
Both websites were started by Joseph Farah, a former newspaper editor. Farah is a leading voice in conservative media, questioning the citizenship of the president. A review of editorials Farah has written show he has also pushed theories that Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh had ties to a Middle Eastern terrorist group and that TWA Flight 800 was brought down by missiles and that the U.S. government covered it up.
Author Tom Ballantyne, a contributor to Farah's Western Center for Journalism website, spoke to the Surprise tea party in April, and admits he mobilized the members to prompt Bennett to act.
"All of the polls that I've seen show that more than half the people in the country still don't know where (Obama) was born. And that's just a simple fact. He hasn't proven it," Ballantyne said.
Bennett sent a series of emails to officials in Hawaii, asking that they verify Obama was born in that state. At least one of Bennett's staff members also worked on the issue.
"He is pandering to a very small fringe group of people and he's really putting their interests in front of the interests of the state of Arizona," said Rep. Chad Campbell, the leader of the Democrats in the state House, and a critic of Bennett.
Campbell said that despite the fact Bennett backed off of his demands to Hawaiian officials, he still sees a problem with the secretary of state's actions. Bennett is also Mitt Romney's Arizona campaign chairman, which Campbell argues is a conflict of interest.
Statewide elected officials like Bennett are allowed to engage in political activity, so long as they do not use taxpayer resources. But Bennett did use his office and at least one staffer in the birther probe.
A spokesperson from the Arizona Attorney General's Office said Bennett did not request a legal opinion on the issue, which is something state officials are encouraged to do when engaging in activity that could bring up the appearance of a conflict.
Bennett's spokesman told CBS 5 News the secretary of state would not comment on the issue, aside from offering a statement he issued two months ago.
"Late yesterday, our office received the 'verification in-lieu of certified copy' from officials within the Hawaii Department of Health that we requested in March. They have officially confirmed that the information in the copy of the Certificate of Live Birth for the President matches the original record in their files.
"As Arizona's chief elections officer, I have the responsibility to certify the ballot to the state's 15 counties. At the request of numerous constituents, I merely asked Hawaiian officials to verify the information contained within President Obama's original birth certificate. They have complied with the request and I consider the matter closed."
CBS 5 News sent the following email to Bennett's office last week, but did not receive a request:
I do have some questions that I don't think the secretary of state has addressed, and which I do think he should have the opportunity to address, including, but not limited to:
Whether he knew Tom Ballantyne and Jerome Corsi were employees of and/or contributors to publications owned by Joseph Farrah.
Whether he knew that Ballantyne and Corsi had mobilized the Surprise Tea Party to email demands that Bennett investigate the president's birth certificate
Whether he thinks he was manipulated by Farrah and his followers to take state action on the issue.
Whether he sought out guidance from the attorney general or solicitor general on the issue, being that he was a campaign chair for Obama's opponent, Mitt Romney
And specifically, whether he sought guidance from the above legal experts on whether it was appropriate or legal for him to direct staff to use official state resources to investigate the president's birth certificate, again, given the fact that Bennett was/is on the Romney campaign team
Has Mr. Bennett been informed by any investigating agency that his actions in the above-mentioned situation are under investigation or review?
Critics such as Campbell argue that whether Bennett is working on behalf of a conspiracy theory peddler or the Romney Campaign, his actions in this issue did not benefit the citizens of Arizona.
"The fact that Mr. Bennett did listen to these people. The fact that he pandered to these people, should plant a question in every voter's mind about whether or not Ken Bennett is actually doing his job," said Campbell.
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:17 AM EDT2013-06-19 10:17:41 GMT
New this morning from Colerain Township - D'schon Powell is facing robbery and resisteing arrest charges in Colerain Township after he knocked down a store security loss prevention officer who was questioningFull Story >
A man is facing robbery and resisting arrest charges in Colerain Township after he allegedly knocked down a store security loss prevention officer who was questioning him about some items in a bag. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:51:38 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 >
Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies and Golf Manor Police are investigating a shooting in the 2400 block of Canterbury in Golf Manor. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:20 AM EDT2013-06-19 10:20:38 GMT
Companies from throughout the tri-state area will be looking to fill more than 3,500 job openings during a career fair at the Radisson Hotel in Covington. The event is Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ThereFull Story >
Companies from throughout the tri-state area will be looking to fill more than 3,500 job openings during a career fair at the Radisson Hotel in Covington.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:13 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:13:50 GMT
The Cincinnati Zoo will be taking a variety of animals to Great American Ballpark for Zoo Night on Wednesday, June 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fans will be able to meet face-to-face with one-of-a-kindFull Story >
The Cincinnati Zoo will be taking a variety of animals to Great American Ballpark for Zoo Night on Wednesday, June 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Full Story >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:34 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:34:44 GMT
Four people have charged for holding a mother and her child captive for years. Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt, Daniel J. Brown and a fourth person are accused of engaging in human trafficking. AccordingFull Story >
Four people have been arrested for holding a mother and her child captive for years in Ashland.
According to the charges, the suspects used beatings, threats of death and threats of attacks from pit bulls and large snakes to hold a woman and her child against their will for two years.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:31 AM EDT2013-06-19 11:31:59 GMT
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is urging Ohio to scrap a plan that could put a highway through a beloved 80-acre wooded area that residents of the village of Mariemont use for hiking andFull Story >
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is urging Ohio to scrap a plan that could put a highway through a beloved 80-acre wooded area that residents of the village of Mariemont use for hiking and gardening.Full Story >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeFull Story >
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.Full Story >
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