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 >
A truck hauling an oversized load of drilling equipment hit an overhead bridge girder on the major route between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the interstate into the river below as the driver watched the...Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 2:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:55:03 GMT
Several crews are on the scene of a working fire in Florence.The fire is at a house on Maher Road / Tonya Drive near Dixie. FOX19 has learned that the blaze involves a house, a garage and a fifth wheelFull Story >
Several crews have been called to the scene of a working fire in Florence.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:28:55 GMT
Several Cincinnati car dealerships are giving away $50 gift cards to active and retired military and veterans starting on Monday though June 2. In partnership with a non-profit military charity calledFull Story >
Active and retired military can stop by the following Performance Group locations now through Sunday, June 2 to receive a free $50 gift card.Full Story >
Britain's Ministry of Defense says a Typhoon jet has been launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft.Full Story >
Britain scrambled fighter jets Friday to intercept a commercial airliner carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan, diverting it to an isolated runway at an airport on the outskirts of London and arresting two British...Full Story >
About this time of year, when the weather gets cold enough that you're forced to turn-on the heat, most homeowners begin to think about how they can save money on their utility bills.
Enter the latest scam to take advantage of your good intentions: A hard core salesperson pretending to be with a government agency or utility company who offers to come inside your house to perform a free energy audit.
Debbie Katt admits she was duped.
"He presented himself as if he were an official of some sort," she said.
After just a quick check of the attic, windows, and doors, the so-called "auditor" turned-on the hard sell. He told Debbie she needed to buy a "$4,000 solar blanket for the attic," she said.
She was just one victim of what the Consumer Federation of America calls an "emerging energy audit scam."
"I was mad that he misguided us and I was made he took all our time like that," Debbie said.
Susan Grant, of the Consumer Federation, says these "home energy auditors" really only have one thing in mind.
"Their real intent is to get into consumers' homes and sell them things that actually don't save them any money at all," she said.
Shoddy, substandard work can also result. Investigators say one homeowner fell for a free energy audit scam and paid a company to put in insulation. But it turns out the contractor was unlicensed and never even returned to finish the job.
"We've seen cases where work has not been completed fully or where people were not really benefiting from any of the savings they were told," said consumer protection investigator, Jason Ohman.
Phone solicitations for free home energy audits are among the fastest growing "Do Not Call List" complaints around the country.
Debbie said no to the sales pitch she got. But she warns the person presenting the pitch can be really persistent.
"The formula is, these people get in your house and once they're in your house it's hard to get them out of the house," she said.
Many utility companies do offer legitimate free energy audits. But they probably won't cold call you or just show-up at your door. Most of the time, they want you to contact them to make an appointment for one of their workers to come by your home.
One of those programs in the Tri-State is funded by Duke Energy and offered through People Working Cooperatively. The group will weatherize a home for some low income residents.
To find out more about the program, Ohio and Indiana residents may call (513) 351-7921. Kentucky residents may call (859) 331-1991. You may also visit the group's website: www.PWCHomeRepairs.org
Here's a look at PWC's brochure on their income guidelines and winter weatherization program:
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 >
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 >
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 >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:32:47 GMT
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale. It happened just before 4:00 Friday morning. Police say the truck hit the cruiser, an unmarked SUV, at Reading and Victory. ThereFull Story >
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:20 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:20:42 GMT
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar. Bay County Jail officials say 35-year-oldFull Story >
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar.Full Story >