Sunday, May 19 2013 7:43 PM EDT2013-05-19 23:43:28 GMT
In gift shops, party supply stores and the like, it seems the nation has been swept with mustache madness. Drawing on the pop culture phenomenon, organizers of this year's CincItalia have tapped Cincinnati'sFull Story >
In gift shops, party supply stores and the like, it seems the nation has been swept with mustache madness. Drawing on the pop culture phenomenon, organizers of this year's CincItalia have tapped Cincinnati's most recognized mustachioed fellow to help judge the first ever CincItalia Mustache Contest: Mr. Redlegs.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:27:13 GMT
Authorities are investigating a shooting in Liberty Township. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio. FOX19 has a crewFull Story >
The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:24:08 GMT
A train derailment was reported near the Bridgeport and Fairfield city lines Friday night. Few details have been released on the derailment, but the incident was reported around 6:30 p.m. in the area ofFull Story >
Dozens of passengers and employees were among those injured when two Metro-North trains collided near a station in Fairfield Friday night.Full Story >
With a bullet still in his body, the police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says he's determined to return to duty.Full Story >
With a bullet still in his body, the police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said Sunday he's determined to return to duty.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati cop has been accused of being intoxicated while on-duty.
Police say that Sgt. Andre Smith failed an unscheduled drug test given to Smith and nine other officers on Thursday. The test was a part of a drug and alcohol test given district-wide every month to a random group of officers. Smith failed the test with alcohol in his system. He had showed up to take the breathalyzer in his marked cruiser.
Smith was on-duty at the time. Capt. Paul Humphries says officers who were with Smith did not notice any signs of intoxication. He says Smith was given the test more than once.
Smith's police powers have been suspended. No criminal charges have been filed. Humphries says according the Ohio Revised Code Smith cannot be charged criminally because there was no probable cause to give the test and because the test was not voluntary. The investigation has been handed over to CPD's Professional Standards Section for investigation.
"We know that we're accountable to the citizens of Cincinnati. We hold a very important position in this community," Captain Paul Humphries told FOX19. "We serve at the pleasure of the community. We don't have legitimacy without them so it's up to us to maintain that trust and that faith in the community that's why we have random drug testing, that's why we have so many rules."
FOX19 questioned Humphries whether Smith's personnel file obtained by FOX19 is typical of a veteran of his years.
"There's a wide spectrum, but for 25 years I would say no," Humphries said.
The file includes multiple suspensions and reprimands.
"I would say that there's more activity in there," Humphries said.
Even still, the captain stands behind the department's handling of each incident referenced.
"We have followed the disciplinary process throughout his career," Cpt. Humphries emphasized. "We have criteria that we have to follow so that there is no subjective ‘We like this person so we're going to allow them to stay. We don't like this person so for a minor violation we're going to kick them off the force.' We have to follow the rules."
This is not the first time Smith has made headlines.
In 1997, Sgt. Smith shot a man in the leg after traffic stop turned foot chase. The shooting was ultimately ruled as justified.
In 2000, he made headlines for accusing Cincinnati's then Police Chief Thomas Streicher of referring to him using a racial slur.
"I was called a racist name and the Chief simply walked away," Smith said in a clip from FOX19's video archive.
According to his personnel file and Hamilton County court records, in 2010 Smith was charged by Forest Park Police with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol which was eventually amended to reckless operation of a motor vehicle.
Humphries says it is possible Smith could lose his job, but says currently that outcome is unlikely. He says Smith is expected to face administrative punishments for rule violations.
CPD added the random breathalyzer test within the last two years. Humphries says no other officers have tested positive for alcohol within that time.
His last performance review notes he needs improvement for attendance noting he "frequently runs late for his shift" and asks off on short notice. The reviewer also notes needed improvement in Smith's work product saying he "needs to increase his sense of urgency in relation to administrative tasks."
In our commitment to balanced news, FOX19 tried to contact Smith but as of the Thursday evening there was no response. Smith's file also includes a number of commendations from the community for his good work. According to his latest review he met or exceeded most department standards.
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:02 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:02:29 GMT
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park.Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (PeterFull Story >
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show returned to the park on Sunday.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 9:06 AM EDT2013-05-19 13:06:15 GMT
Powerball tickets are selling at a brisk pace with such a large jackpot at stake. Surging ticket sales have pushed the multi-state Powerball jackpot to a whopping $600 million. The odds of winning areFull Story >
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 7 2013 9:23 PM EDT2013-05-08 01:23:28 GMT
An Oregon City man said he was shot in the back while he was longboarding in his neighborhood Friday night. Zach Losness described something stinging his back as he rode his long board, a longer versionFull Story >
An Oregon City man said he was shot in the back while he was longboarding in his neighborhood Friday night. Zach Losness described something stinging his back as he rode his long board.Full Story >
CLEVELAND (AP) - Two state legislators want to end the requirement for two license plates on vehicles in Ohio and require only one per vehicle. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/15UkzDK) reportsFull Story >
Two state legislators want to end the requirement for two license plates on vehicles in Ohio and require only one per vehicle.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:51 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:51:38 GMT
A trooper sustains minor injuries after a police chase Sunday morning. Dispatchers say it all started at a rest area near Lebanon. Dispatchers report that troopers spotted a woman driving a vehicle thatFull Story >
A 43-year-old woman is in custody after leading troopers on a 23-mile pursuit and crashing into a police cruiser in Warren County. Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:05:48 GMT
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A monkey is on the loose in Clermont County. The State Game Warden of Neville, Ohio states that he is looking for a loose monkey. It is unclear at this time where the monkey came from. Any sightingsFull Story >
A monkey on the loose in Clermont County was shot from a tree on Saturday afternoon.
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 >
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:24 AM EDT2013-05-19 08:24:11 GMT
DES MOINES, IOWA (KCCI/CNN) - A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday. Sgt. Ross Gundlach, a U.S. Marine, has a surprise reunion with Casey, a yellow Labrador that helpedFull Story >
A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:18:36 GMT
FOX19 has exclusively learned that as many as five people could be the first Cincinnati IRS employees to face disciplinary action for allegedly targeting Tea Party and Liberty groups applying for non-profit status. Full Story >
FOX19 has exclusively learned that as many as five people could be the first Cincinnati IRS employees to face disciplinary action, and possibly even criminal charges, for allegedly targeting Tea Party and Liberty groups applying for non-profit status.Full Story >