An 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier who just missed becoming the oldest man to reach the summit of Mount Everest five years ago is back on the mountain to make another attempt at the title.Full Story >
An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer on Thursday became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest - although his record may last only a few days. An 81-year-old Nepalese man, who held the previous record, plans his...Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:07 AM EDT2013-05-23 04:07:35 GMT
So just what is a tornado cave? The idea of a tornado cave goes back to the 1880s, and the first member of my list of severe storm 'rock stars'. Sometime in the future, I will reveal all the members ofFull Story >
So just what is a tornado cave? The idea of a tornado cave goes back to the 1880s, and the first member of my list of severe storm 'rock stars'.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:48:39 GMT
In preparation of Memorial Day, a group of boy scouts spent Wednesday evening putting flags at CVG. The young men from Troop 1 in Florence, along with members of the local American Legion, lined the entranceFull Story >
In preparation of Memorial Day, a group of boy scouts spent Wednesday evening putting flags at CVG.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:29 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:29:53 GMT
Local residents had their final chance to weigh in on Cincinnati's $35 million budget deficit on Wednesday evening. In addition, Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan made a new proposal during the meeting asFull Story >
Local residents had their final chance to weigh in on Cincinnati's $35 million budget deficit on Wednesday evening. In addition, Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan made a new proposal as an effort to fill the budget gap. Full Story >
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
It begins with a postcard in the mail offering a dream vacation but it ends up an expensive nightmare!
And it's landed another one in Danielle's Dog House, a place you don't wanna be.
Vacations are one of the most important gifts we can give ourselves and most of us have to save up every dollar for the those few days of freedom but the lucky ones get specifically selected to receive one.
"My husband received an invitation in the mail wishing him a happy birthday and telling him he should come to this presentation so that he could receive an eight-day cruise and two airline tickets," said Mary Scheidler.
That sounded like a great deal to Mary Schneidler so she and her husband went to the Crowne Plaza in Independence where they sat through a 90 minute sales pitch.
Membership entitled them to big discounts on vacations, including a deluxe condo anywhere in the world for a mere $150 a week.
"I elbowed my husband through most of it and I said I don't think we are interested in this," said Mary.
Especially when she found out this discount travel club would cost about $15,000.00 to join.
"And I'm thinking OK. That would probably take the rest of my lifetime and my children's lifetime to make this worthwhile," said Mary.
When they said they wanted to think about it -- that's when the pressure really started, for another hour and fourty minutes.
"She said no, it all has to be done tonight. If you leave we have found you never get back to us so it has to be done tonight or everything disappears," said Mary.
Meantime nearly 500 miles away in New Jersey George Bryant and his wife also got a postcard offering a cruise for joining a vacation club. This one, run by Global Travel solutions.
"The pitch that appealed to us was the fact that you could get vacations for 80% less than you would at a normal travel agency and of course that free cruise," said George Bryant.
Unlike the Scheidler's the Bryants joined the travel club although they got a deal at only $,2000.
But the seas got choppy when they tried to book that cruise.
"I started emailing these folks then that's when they came back to me and said, I don't know where you got the idea that you're getting a free cruise. You're supposed to be getting a discounted travel plan, and I said that's not what I was told," said George Bryant.
Turns out there are a whole bunch of other unlucky vacation winners from around the country.
Some of them approached by a company called Global Vacation Network, others by Global Connections Network, or Global Travel Solutions.
But no matter what the name or who they are run by the itinerary seems to be the same.
Complaints from people who thought they were getting a free trip and instead got nothing but land locked when they tried to book a vacation.
For example -- do not pick a week before or after a holiday. And they are no good for peak season, during January through April. So when can you go?
We went to one of the local addresses listed for Global Travel, "I'm looking for a company called Global travel Solutions," said Reporter Danielle Serino.
There wasno one there by that name. And when we called the leasing office -- they had never had anyone by that name.
So we went to another address listed just up the road and there was a "Global Vacation Network" office.
Except no one was there. So we called them..."This is vacation tours?" -- another name travel name.
"What's going on. What type of operation is this," asked Reporter Danielle Serino.
The guy on the phone couldn't tell us whether all these global companies were related. He claimed he was just the marketing agency for some of these global companies.
And his mailings never say the word free...when referring to these trips.
But that didn't stop the state of New Jersey from suing one of the Global Travels...Global Travel Solutions, calling its sales pitches deceptive.
Many of these people that have been victimized are the kind of people that can least afford it. They're looking for deals because the economy is so tight.
The company settled for $3.6 million and agreed to stop doing business in the state.
But it's been a hard lesson to learn for George Bryant, that when it comes to vacations, freedom isn't always free.
"I just didn't think it's in the best interest of the majority of the people," said George Bryant.
So tonight...Global...well you pick the second part of the name...is in my Doghouse..it's a place you don't want to be.
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 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.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 >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetFull Story >
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:20:28 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. 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 >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:38:38 GMT
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation. Jeremy Collett, 30, of Winchester, Ohio was arrested and charged with two counts of Trafficking Drugs prescription pills toFull Story >
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:47:42 GMT
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge David Bunning sentenced Lee Moore, 43,Full Story >
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison.Full Story >