A Senate panel says Apple Inc. is avoiding paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes, but the world's most valuable company says it is complying with the laws and pays "an extraordinary amount" in taxes to the...Full Story >
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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 >
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a unit that has taken dozens of predators off the streets and put them behind bars. It is a unit that until now has labored from a secret location enticing and arresting people who troll the Internet for children. The Cuyahoga County Unit was a first when it was formed a dozen years ago. In the years since it has been copied across the nation. As a result police nationwide are able to trade information on pedophiles, move in, and make arrests.
The unit fights crime using computers. Typing and scrolling in on-line chat rooms where pedophiles may be lurking. At times a dozen officers at once gathering evidence from a bunker like room. Pretending to be young boys or girls. A task force that operates in secret and remains undercover.
Former County Prosecutor Bill Mason established the unit and told 19 action news "As soon as one of our undercover agents will start to give lets say a screen name of cheerin 12, that tells the sexual predators out there that it's probably a cheerleader at the age of 12."
Mason says it is like shooting fish in a barrell. The bait typed out, and almost immediately the replies come he says "The conversations they're having usually leads to some sort of sexual conduct." It's called grooming. The adult bringing up sex, at first casually followed by lol or laughing out loud. In a conversation we monitored there was a suggestion of masturbation, or a meeting. The predator typing I'll come over and you can play with it. Would it be fun for you rubbing my penis?Lol the officer writes. I don't know never done nothing like that before. The predator moves in typing ok, wanna try it. Then the revealing pictures.
Each officer handles multiple conversations at once. Working to make the predator comfortable in luring the child the officers are pretending to be. Mason says "It's an art what they're doing, because they need to learn the lingo of a young girl and talk like a young girl so that the person they're talking to or emailing back and forth with believe that in fact they are a young child."
The unit boasts high technology equipment that can make an officer sound like a young child if there is telephone contact with a predator.
It is not just office work, when a meeting is set up, there is always a one on one confrontation, and an arrest.
While ICAC has put dozens of predators away, no doubt there are hundreds more out there. Lurking. Mason has a warning for parents "They need to be aware that the Internet has allowed the predator into their house."
He has a theory on why predators are so comfortable and so completely incriminate themselves on-line. "They would never have these kinds of conversations with anybody on the street but somehow they just seem a little bit more comfortable and they reach out further than their filters would normally let them."
If you would like a program to install to monitor your children's online activities you can get one from the prosecutors office. It's called computer cop. It's free. Find out how by linking to our website.
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 >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. 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 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:50:22 GMT
MOORE, OK (RNN) – In one of the few positive stories to come from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, an elderly woman was reunited with a four-legged friend she thought was dead. Barbara Garcia, a residentFull Story >
Elderly resident Barbara Garcia frantically called for her dog after the tornado had leveled her house, but with no success.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:21 AM EDT2013-05-21 05:21:10 GMT
An antibiotic so popular many people know it by name has some unpopular attention from the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration has said that this could be a matter of life and death forFull Story >
An antibiotic so popular many people know it by name has some unpopular attention from the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration has said that this could be a matter of life and death for some patients who use azithromycin, which is also known as Zithromax or Z-pack.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:41:37 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:16:48 GMT
MOORE, OK - The Oklahoma County Sheriff's office tweeted a photo of a frightened, muddy dog Monday after the deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the town.The comment accompanying the photo said, "scared,Full Story >
A heartbreaking photo of a little dog guarding the body of his owner, who was killed in the Moore, OK, tornado, is going viral.Full Story >
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