a northern Kentucky fire department is recognized for their efforts in battling the historic Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. The Southgate fire department received the medal of valor tonight which is the highest award for a fire unit.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:33 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:33:04 GMT
A Northern Kentucky fire department was recognized on Friday for their efforts in battling the historic Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. The Southgate Fire Department received the Medal of Valor, whichFull Story >
A Northern Kentucky fire department was recognized on Friday for their efforts in battling the historic Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. On May 28, 1977, nearly 2,000 people were saved but over 150 people died in the blaze.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:11 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:11:14 GMT
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m. TheFull Story >
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:06 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:06:00 GMT
Police were called to a reported shooting Friday evening in Avondale. It happened in the area of Harvey Avenue and Hickory Street around 9 p.m. Officers on scene tell FOX19 a 16-year-old boy was shotFull Story >
It happened in the area of Harvey Avenue and Hickory Street around 9 p.m. Officers on scene tell FOX19 a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg and taken to a nearby hospital.Full Story >
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Sonya Balsley, the Dearborn County teen who went missing earlier this month, has been removed from her home by the Indiana Department of Child Services. Investigators say four to five guns were also taken from the home as a safety precaution.
Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit Detectives interviewed Sonya Balsley at the hospital Tuesday before she was released. They say she stated she was taken against her will from her backyard by two men.
"Sonya rested pretty good last night. She's quite frazzled, but she's doing fine," Sonya's father Erik Balsley said Wednesday.
Erik Balsley says his adopted daughter has kept fairly quiet about the details of what happened.
"Right now she's just really trying to get over the whole thing and not really talking about all of it too much," he said. "At this point I think it's best for her sanity to let her regain herself and her own thoughts before we force her into talking with us."
Erik and his wife Penny continue to believe their family was targeted.
"There's suspicion that it could be hate crime related because Sonya's African American. There's signs that some of it could be harassment," Erik said. "There's a lot of theories out there."
Wednesday he thanked the men and women who helped to look for Sonya.
"Thank you so much to all of the volunteers that came out to help and to my brothers at the Bright Fire Department for everything they did and all of the surrounding departments," Erik said holding back tears. "Without you guys she would not be here today."
He also made a plea for justice.
"The animals that took her and whatever else happened … we need to catch the animals that did this," Erik said.
Authorities are not releasing a description of the alleged abductors at this time. Detectives are continuing their investigation and the Dearborn County Sheriff's Department will be increasing patrols in the area.
Sonya Balsley, 16, had been last seen in the yard of her residence on Vineyard Court in Bright between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3.
Balsley was found near a creek bed off Sneakville Road in Bright, Indiana just after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Officers say Sonya was alert and speaking to EMTs when they found her. An investigator says the location where she was found is between a mile and a mile and a half away from the girl's house by foot.
Her mother, Penny Balsley, says the family has taken in at-risk children in the past, and she believes one of the boys they had adopted could be responsible. She believes he may have been threatening the family. That young man was not living with the Balsleys at the time of the incident. The Balsleys have eight adopted children including Sonya.
Penny says they found the word 'woods' written in condensation on one of the windows at the home following the teen's disappearance.
Penny said her daughter went into the back yard Monday night to put bleach pucks in the pool and then disappeared.
"She was gone," Penny said. "She just vanished."
"I ran through the garage and I'm screaming ‘Sonya'. No response," Penny recalled. "And by this time, the dog was jumping and running and barking back and forth to that corner gate."
"The last thing we know is that she was seen in the back yard [Monday] afternoon," Dearborn County Detective Shane McHenry told FOX19. "We got the call about six thirty last night when our deputies were dispatched to this location."
Sonya's mom was convinced she had been taken.
"I don't think it was past five minutes. I know it wasn't," Penny Balsley said. "They must have been back there waiting."
"For about two months now we've been getting some harassments and some threats and we just thought it was kids' play," father Erik Balsley said.
"They had been writing since it's been raining in the condensation at night," Mrs. Balsley said. "Like they wrote a couple of nights ago ‘gonna kill you', or ‘kill you' and you can still see that up there. But then they wrote ‘woods' and that was not there."
"I am familiar with the threats and the reports that have been made," Detective McHenry said. "Unfortunately we've not been able to pinpoint any particular person. Or come up with a particular suspect."
Neighbors who spoke with FOX19 say they never witnessed any of the harassment alleged by the Balsley family.
While they took the concerns into consideration, officers kept their options open Tuesday.
"We don't want to be narrow-minded and zero in on something and that not be the case and we've wasted all of that time," McHenry explained.
Police spent the day Tuesday searching the property, knocking on neighbors' doors. They also called in air support from Hamilton County.
Investigators say the teen has special needs and that it has been difficult to get a full statement regarding what transpired between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.
Sonya was removed from the family home by the Indiana Department of Child Services on Thursday. On Friday, investigators said they are continuing to look into every allegation, but that they have been unable to substantiate claims of an abduction.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:37:58 GMT
Police in Salisbury are investigating after they say a man confessed to fatally stabbing his girlfriend and using her blood to draw a heart on a building. According to police, the unidentified man toldFull Story >
Police in Salisbury are investigating after they say a man confessed to fatally stabbing his girlfriend and using her blood to draw a heart on a building.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:43 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:43:18 GMT
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession. According to the Cincinnati Police Department, Kyle "Lucky" McNamara was armedFull Story >
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession.Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
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 >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:23 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:23:38 GMT
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report. According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report, officersFull Story >
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report.Full Story >
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."Full Story >
The trucker was hauling a load of drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water...Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:13:57 GMT
A man was found shot to death in Over-the-Rhine overnight. It was just before 3A-M when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley andFull Story >
Cincinnati police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed early Friday morning in OTR. Full Story >
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