Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:42 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:42:15 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionFull Story >
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:38 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:38:01 GMT
(RNN) - After an estimated 26 tornadoes hit five states on Sunday, and a massive EF-4 tornado leveled the Oklahoma City metropolitan area killing 24 on Monday - more severe weather is expected to impactFull Story >
The Storm Prediction Center at the National Weather Service believes there is a high probability for severe weather in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:33:30 GMT
CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The schedule for one of the country's best high school football showcases is about to be released, but here's a sneak peek at some of the match-ups. The following eight games willFull Story >
A record 17 schools will be playing in the 16th annual Crosstown Showdown high school football showcase this coming season. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:28:04 GMT
An inmate walks away from a Lebanon jail. Officers are asking the public to be on the look out for Stephen Ramey. Officers say Ramey walked away from the Lebanon Correction Institution just before noonFull Story >
Officers say Ramey walked away from the Lebanon Correction Institution just before noon on Tuesday.Full Story >
You will find this a great weather application for your Google phone so please download and share with your family and friends.Full Story >
During severe weather, it's more important than ever to have the latest version in the palm of your hand. That's why FOX19 is continuing to improve our free mobile weather app. Full Story >
ELMWOOD PLACE, OH (FOX19) -
The Village of Elmwood Place launched an Automated Speed Enforcement Program on Sept. 1.
One 'speed camera' was placed in a school zone on Vine Street and the other was placed in a residential neighborhood. "Both locations have serious speeding problems," said Village Police Chief William Peskin. "This was confirmed during our survey period when more than 20,000 speed violations were recorded in just two weeks. In some cases, drivers were traveling at more than twice the posted speed limit." Authorities say the deployments fully comply with all state laws and local ordinances.
"The reason we are using speed cameras is very clear. If you hit a child going 20 miles per hour, the chance of survival is 95 percent; at 30 mph survivability falls to 65 percent; and at 40 mph there is only a 15 percent chance the child will live. We have clocked drivers going more than 50 mph in front of our elementary school and through residential neighborhoods," said Peskin.
The Chief says there are not enough police officers to provide the range of coverage that an automated system provides. Violators will be issued Notices of Liability with a fine of $105. Collected fines will go towards public safety in the Village of Elmwood Place, according to authorities.
Tim Ayers, spokesperson for Optotraffic told FOX19 if drivers fail to pay the fine and subsequent late fees, drivers will ultimately be turned over to collection agencies.
"They're just trying to make money is all they're doing," said Tina White with ticket in hand.
White does not buy the village safety argument.
"Let's start with all the safety," White suggested. "Like my kids can't walk the streets around here."
Lisa Poe stood on Vine Street with six tickets in hand Wednesday, each showing her driving between 25 and 29 miles an hour in the school zone.
"Anger, hurt, sadness," she said of her reaction to the $630 fines she's facing. "Christmas ain't gonna look all that great anyway, but at least there was one," she said. "With this is doesn't even look like there's going to be one."
Poe says with a warning she could have avoided five of the tickets.
"If it would have been a police officer I would have only gotten one," she said. "'Cause I would have known better."
Even drivers who have not been cited were outraged. "If they want to catch somebody speeding they should get out here and do their job," said Anthony Ruff.
Ayers says Optotraffic supplies the equipment that registers speed and supplies the photos and also handles bookkeeping of ticket payments. Ultimately, however, Ayers says it is up to a sworn officer to issue the citation.
Businesses along Vine Street say they have seen a loss of business.
"Make no mistake. This is about raising money. It's a shakedown of people that happen to be driving through the village. It's something that's of questionable constitutionality," said FOX19 legal analyst Mike Allen.
Allen's greatest concern is drivers' right to due process is being infringed upon. "I think they presume that people that are driving through there that are clocked ... are guilty and you're supposed to be presumed innocent," he said.
"There's no getting around it, the principal drive behind this is to generate income. We're financially in very bad shape," admitted Jerald Robertson, who was one of six village members who voted unanimously in July to put the new speed monitoring system in place.
He says the cameras simply help uphold the law at a time when village resources are strapped. "Somehow or another people are not really considering that aspect: that the law is being broken," Robertson said.
He says he has been surprised by the community's reaction. "There's nothing new in this. This has been going on forever in the state of Ohio; small communities, in order to have money for their police departments, write tickets," said Robertson.
Robertson says businesses have called and threatened to leave town over the issue. With options limited, Robertson says he would be in favor of incorporating the village into a neighboring village like St. Bernard. "I think financially we're no longer viable as a community when you really look at the numbers, but again we're actually a liability. I mean, who would want to absorb us when we'd be an expense?"
Ayers says every morning the devices go through a series of tests sent wirelessly to a control center to monitor proper calibration of the laser used to track speeds.
Elmwood Place Village is the first location in Ohio to place Optotraffic devices on its streets. New Miami police confirm they are also utilizing the devices which have been enforcing speed zones since Monday.
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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