Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 03:02:49 GMT
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger? Take a look around Butler County. It's no secret the area is growing and developing.Full Story >
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger?Full Story >
One state lawmaker is raising serious questions about who's holding the Department of Children Services accountable after the deaths of two Smyrna toddlers.
Rep. Sherry Jones, D-Nashville, has called for an outside investigation into how DCS handled the case. But, she said that's a challenge now because the department doesn't have as much oversight as they once did.
DCS said that's not the case, they are still monitored by an outside set of eyes.
As you may remember, this all became an issue last year when Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey disbanded the legislative committee that oversaw DCS.
Since then, Jones says the department has slipped and she questions whether or not the agency could have done more to protect two children who recently died after police say they were left in a hot car by their mother.
Savanna and Daniel died earlier this month after they were trapped in a hot car. Their mother, Samantha Harper, has been charged with their deaths. According to investigators, she told police she left them in the car and went back inside to sleep.
The Channel 4 I-Team uncovered DCS had investigated their mother before. In fact, according to a September 2011 LaVergne police report, the agency was alerted the toddlers may have been in danger nearly a year before they died.
DCS said legally they can't tell us what their findings were or whether they took any action.
Now, the agency is once again involved, this time they're doing their own investigation into how the case was handled.
Jones said when there was a full-time legislative oversight committee, the select committee on children and youth, DCS was forced to come before lawmakers to answer all their questions. Even though that committee no longer exists, DCS's Executive Director of Child Safety Carla Aaron said they are still held accountable by several outside agencies.
As for the deaths of Savanna and Daniel, DCS said they can't go into the details of that investigation other than to say it's ongoing, and they expect to have their findings by October 1.
DCS said there still is a legislative committee that looks at how they handle cases. It's called the Second Look Committee. But, they don't look at every case. It's only a random sampling.
We also called Ramsey about this story, his communications director Adam Kleinheider gave us this statement:
"Oversight is a critically important function of the legislature and has been improved by putting oversight authority in the more accountable standing committees. What the legislature removed last session was a layer of unnecessary bureaucracy that cost taxpayers over a million dollars a year, not the commitment to oversight. Oversight remains a mission of the legislature's standing committees."
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:44:48 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Officers say speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash. Jones was wearing his seatbelt. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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